Man biggest threat to ‘pawikan,’ says senator


MORONG, Bataan—At least 100 Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchlings were released into the waters of Barangay Nagbalayong here as part of the celebration of the town’s Pawikan Festival on Dec. 2.

Sen. Loren Legarda led Bataan officials in releasing the hatchlings to mark the eighth year of the festival that focuses on local marine conservation efforts.

Mayor Cynthia Estanislao said efforts to conserve marine turtles here allowed advocates to release 52,000 hatchlings to the sea since 2004.

It was a feat which Legarda lauded, saying some local communities still treat the turtles as a delicacy.

In a statement, Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on climate change, said: “Pawikan are majestic creatures found throughout the country. However, because of poaching, theft of their eggs for commercial purposes and destruction of their habitat, they are in danger of becoming extinct.”

“There is no denying that we have become the biggest threat to their existence and to the existence of many other species of animals,” she said.

“I laud the local government of Bataan for their initiatives to protect, conserve and rehabilitate the pawikan population. Future generations will be thankful for the concerted action they have achieved,” she said.

The Pawikan Conservation Center here was developed in 2004 due to the collaboration between a group of environmental advocates called Bantay Pawikan, headed by Manolo Ebias, Bataan Gov. Enrique Garcia Jr. and his wife, Victoria, chair of Bataan Tourism Council Foundation.

Estanislao said environment advocates from other areas, like Bicol, visit the center to learn from its success. Greg Refraccion, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • Paul

    Correct! tayo mismong mga tao ang nagbibigay ng problema sa mga pawikan at sa ibang animals. Sino na naman ang naninira ng tirahan nila? Tayo tayo din e. 

  • RogerZmorals

    Some local communities treat the turtles as a delicacy? wow ha. Maawa naman kayo! Tama si Senator Loren. Dapat mahuli yung mga may pakana dito at dapat lahat ng lugar sa Pilipinas gayahin nila ang ways ng bataan kung pano nila pangalagaan ang mga pawikan.

    • perfectshauna

      Alam mo naman ang Pinoy, lahat nalang kakainin basta pwede. Dapat hindi na nila ito kainin kasi malapit na sila maextinct. 

    • Jennifer

      in addition to that, i heard that they even sell these to the Chinese. di tama yun at dapat maparusahan mga gumagawa nito. 

  • Jennifer

    kawawa naman yung mga pawikan natin. lam nyo bang after 30 year binabalikan nila yung mga itlog nila tas malalaman nilang wala na pala at pinagkukuha na ng mga tao? sana itigil na natin ito bago sila tuluyang mawala. :(

  • perfectshauna

    I hope maabutan pa ng future genarations yung mga marine turtles pero magiging possible lang ito kung isesave natin sila hanggang pupwede pa.

  • jasonthetable

    sana makisama ang mga ibang tao sa pagtulong na iligtas ang mga pawikan natin… kawawa naman sila kokonti na lang… ako tutulog ako sa pagsagip sa kanila…. :)

  • laraaaam

    marami pa naman pwedeng huliin at kainin wag na ang pawikan!!! mabuti at suportado ni senator loren ang pagligtas sa mga pagong!!!

  • jonjonc

    I know that Loren is doing everything to save our tutles so please let us support her in saving the pawikans.. ang cute pa naman nila (‘ ,’)

  • raineeey

    tulong tayo na paramihin sila para maabutan sila ng mga susunod na generations… matutuwa silang makita ang magagandang pagong natin !

    • jerjerjer

      You’re right!! Le do this for the next generations!!! 

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