Eagle "Pamana" is set free on Independence Day3:10 AM
We're home from Davao after my most meaningful Independence Day celebration yet. And I say that with no hint of mushiness or whatsoever. It's just amazing how the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) and Globe Business made Independence Day relevant to us today with the release of an eagle named "Pamana", (Tagalog for "heirloom") back to her natural habitat after being rehabilitated for almost 3 years.
We all know that the Philippine Eagle, one of the biggest and the most powerful vultures in the world, is listed as critically endangered. It is nice to realize that the protected Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao, where most of the Philippine Eagles are endemic, now has a new female bird flying free and ready to breed and reproduce.
The story of "Pamana" best represents independence. Aside from protecting our sovereignty, which is also under threat with China claiming some islands in the Spratlys and the Bangsamoro Basic Law being discussed in Congress, we also have to protect the environment. That includes making all living organisms survive.
"Pamana" was found fighting for her life in a forest in Lanao del Norte in 2012. She reportedly had two gunshot wounds, one in her breast and the other in her left wing. She was nursed by the PEF for the past years with the aim of returning her to her natural habitat very healthy. Today was the day. After 3 years, the also 3-year old eagle was released where she is expected to find a male to breed with in the next 3 years.
After surviving 2 gunshots while she was still 7 months old, the now 3-year old "Pamana" is in absolute perfect condition to hunt on her own. She will also be ready to reproduce another mighty Philippine Eagle in the next 3 years.
TV personality and known animal lover Kuya Kim Atienza also spent his Independence Day in Davao and was given the honor to release "Pamana".
Still gaining enough power to soar, Pamana, stayed in the facility for about 10 minutes after being released. She was later on seen feeling the wind in nearby mountain ranges. Help her habitat remain protected by donating via GCash or Globe Rewards.
What if another cruel human hunters will shoot her again? The possibility is less since Mt. Hamiguitan is a protected area which is listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This means, security in the area is heightened and penalties here are more serious. The existing penalty being imposed by the Philippine Constitution for anyone found guilty of killing a Philippine Eagle is imprisonment of not less than 12 years plus expensive fines.
The challenge now is how to provide funds to continue protecting Mt. Hamiguitan and eventually, increase the numbers of Philippines Eagles, which at present time has about 400 pairs left. You can do your share with a few taps on your smartphones.
Instead of forgetting about your Globe Rewards until it expire, you can donate by just texting DONATE space
PAMANAYou can also donate by dialing *143#, selecting GCash in the menu, choosing "More" then "Donate", entering the amount to be donated before the MPIN and selecting PEF as the chosen charity. Any amount is welcome! space amount and sending it to 4438. You can choose between 40, 20, 10 and 5 points.
To be honest, earlier was my first time to see a Philippine Eagle in person and they're the most attractive birds ever! Let your children see them too by making them live longer. Donate though Globe today! :)
Help Pamana have a healthy home by donating by texting DONATE space
You can also donate by dialing *143#, selecting GCash in the menu, choosing "More" then "Donate", entering the amount to be donated before the MPIN and selecting PEF as the chosen charity. PAMANA space amount and sending it to 4438. You can choose between 40, 20, 10 and 5 points.
Thanks Globe for allowing me to see a Philippine Eagle up close and for letting me experience another side of travelling - travelling for an environmental cause that is.