Philippines eagles off to Singapore for conservation

THE Philippines is sending a pair of critically endangered eagles to Singapore as a biosecurity measure to ensure the survival of the species and as a fallback population in case catastrophic events happen.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu led the signing of the agreement between the Department and the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) over the loan and conservation of the country’s national bird and crown jewel of biodiversity.

The signing of the DENR-WRS deal was the highlight of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Philippines-Singapore Friendship Day. It also came two days before the observance of the International Day for Biological Diversity tomorrow.

On June 4, the two raptors-Geothermica and Sambisig- will be brought to Jurong Bird Park operated by WRS.

Cimatu said it will play a crucial role as ambassadors for Philippine biodiversity.

It marks the first time Philippines through the DENR entered into an agreement of its kind with a foreign institution.