The Aboitiz Group, through its social development arm Aboitiz Foundation and AboitizPower business unit Davao Light and Power Company, renewed its commitment to intensify conservation efforts for the marine turtle or pawikan particularly the critically endangered hawksbill turtle in Davao City.
Aboitiz signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Jan. 10 with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Davao City local government to establish a Pawikan Center — a rescue and hatchery facility at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park.
The center has a temporary shelter, clinic, laboratory, observation deck, boardwalks, and other facilities for the rescue, rehabilitation, conservation, protection and care of marine turtles in Punta Dumalag. This supports the multi-sectoral effort of “pursuing sustainable development within the context of a balanced ecology.”
“Davao is truly blessed to be a nesting site of marine turtles, which is a keystone species in maintaining the balance in our ecosystem. It is clear that the government and the private sector must work together to protect these endangered animals before it becomes too late,” said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
“We commend the Aboitiz Group, Davao Light and Power Co., and the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park,” she added, noting that over over 3,000 pawikan hatchlings that have been released from cleanergy park.
With the signing, the Davao City government reiterates its commitment to the protection of various pawikan species. (pr)