95 Pawikan hatchlings released

Tagum City – Just as the light was fading off the horizon of the Davao Gulf, 95 green sea turtle hatchlings were released to the sea at Sitio Garinan in Barangay Madaum last February 16.

Commonly called Pawikan, the turtle laid the eggs on the residence of Milagros Cuevas Calumpang who is also the Purok Chairman of Garinan.

For 59 days since its nesting on December 24 last year, Calumpang safeguarded the eggs by putting fishnet around the laying ground to protect it from the digging of dogs and cats and even from passing people.

Upon the hatching of the eggs on the dawn of February 16, she called on the attention of Mayor Allan L. Rellon, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to further secure the pawikan hatchlings for careful and proper releasing to the sea.

According to Nonito Dela Torre, the Supervising Environment Management Specialist of CENRO, the nesting of green sea turtles along the Tagum City coastline is another testament that the city’s environmental water is rich with marine biodiversity.

Moreover, he pointed out that it became possible due to the community’s effort towards marine protection and conservation. This claim is validated by the reef-fish assessment conducted by Dr. Cleto Nañola, Jr. of University of the Philippines–Mindanao which found Tagum to have the highest fish biomass in the region.

These turtles were released by the personnel of the CENRO led by their office chief, Engr. Vivian Bahalla.

This is the second activity relating to the release of green sea turtle hatchlings in the last 15 months, as It can be recalled that pawikan hatchlings were also released to the Davao Gulf waters at Sitio Garinan last December 26, 2018. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum

The hatchlings of the green sea turtles, commonly called pawikan, are released to the sea by the CENRO personnel led by their office chief Engr. Vivian Bahalla last February 16 at Sitio Garinan, Brgy. Madaum. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum

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The hatchlings of the green sea turtles, commonly called pawikan, are released to the sea by the CENRO personnel led by their office chief Engr. Vivian Bahalla last February 16 at Sitio Garinan, Brgy. Madaum. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum

City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Vivian Bahalla, with Mr. Nonito Dela Torre, the Supervising Environment Management Specialist, leads the release of the pawikan hatchlings last February 16 at Sitio Garinan, Brgy. Madaum. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum