TACLOBAN CITY- A barangay in Southern Leyte is protecting a Philippine Eagle and its habitat, a report from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 8 office (DENR-8) said.
DENR-8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca said in an in an interview that the residents of Barangay Catmon in Silago are protecting voluntarily the Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) and its habitat within the village.
Sibbaluca said that the barangay council has passed Barangay Resolution 103 last June of this year to provide conservation and protection measures of Philippine Eagle consistent with section 27 of the Republic Act 9147 otherwise known as the Wildlife Act of the Philippines.
The DENR official said that Brgy.Catmon is located within the Mount Nacolod range wherein the presence of the Philippine Eagle has been reported and a possible nesting site of the national bird.
Sibbaluca said that with the efforts of his office on the information, education and communication campaign, the barangay constituents attended a community-based awareness program activities conducted by DENR-8, instituting the protection and conservation measures of the Philippine Eagle within the barangay area of responsibility. (RESTITUTO A. CAYUBIT)