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Private organizations join reforestation efforts to safeguard the PH eagle’s nest.

In Bukidnon province, a well-known refuge for the Philippine eagle, a power company and a non-governmental organization have agreed to put into action a reforestation and carbon sink project.

The 20-hectare reforestation and carbon sink project is being carried out in Barangay Guilang-guilang, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, and is being sponsored by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), according to a statement released on Wednesday by Filinvest Development – Misamis Power Corp. (FDC Misamis).

According to a signed memorandum of understanding, the PEF will oversee the regeneration of the grasslands and plant endemic species during the following three years, with money for the entire project coming from FDC Misamis.

The project is located on Mount Tago, which is home to a pair of eagles known by the PEF as Kalabugao and Guilang-guilang and the parents of an eaglet named Maluko.

The female eagle, Kalabugao, according to PEF Research and Development Director Dr. Jayson Ibanez, “became the world’s first case of a rescued, rehabilitated, and released juvenile Philippine eagle surviving to sexual maturity and breeding in the wild.”

After restoring Kalabugao to health after she had been kept as a pet by a local farmer, the PEF first released her into the wild in 2010.

Kalabugao crossed to the newly discovered region of Mt. Tago after being freed, where she encountered Guilang-guilang.

Since the location is a part of their ancestral domain, the two Philippine eagles have thrived there over the years thanks to the assistance of the neighborhood, particularly the Guilang-guilang Apo Datu Nanikonan Association, Inc. (GADNAI).

President of FDC Misamis Juan Eugenio L. Roxas stated that conserving the Philippine eagle is essential to preserving biodiversity while regulating carbon sinks is required to lessen the effects of climate change.

“Indigenous peoples, who have long-standing relationships with these ecosystems, play an essential role in ensuring that these efforts succeed,” he said.

Dennis Salvador, executive director of PEF, said that connecting GADNAI and FDC Misamis might lead to a fruitful partnership.

“Not only for the eagles but for the benefit of the people and ultimately for the nation’s interest,” he added.

GADNAI is essential to the success of reforestation since it is a project component that builds people’s capacity and offers them other sources of income.

The second project the Filinvest Group has with PEF is the carbon sink management program. When Filinvest officially adopted Philippine Eagle PE-A-84-WM022, today known as Dagitab, conservation activities got underway.

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