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  • A Call To Conserve Visayan Birds

    A Call To Conserve Visayan Birds

    Without the help of local communities in the conservation of forests and birds, Cebu risks losing more bird species, said Cebuano ornithologist and researcher, Philip Godfrey Jakosalem.

    Jakosalem, who is based in Negros Occidental, is among the authors of a new book, "Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of Negros, Panay and Cebu," which was launched in Bacolod City last November 14.

    The guide features the birds of Negros, Panay and Cebu which are considered as integral members of the ecosystem because of their crucial roles as pollinators, pest controllers and food sources for predator ...

  • Capitol To Allocate P10M For Alcoys Forest Program

    Alcoy town in southeastern Cebu will receive P10 million from the provincial government next year as part of the launching of the Capitols Big 5 community-based eco-tourism campaign.

    A portion of the P10 million will go to funding the preservation of the Nug-as Forest, the only national forest reserve in Cebu located in Barangay Nug-as, Alcoy town.

    The forest is considered a haven for bird-watchers since it shelters endemic and endangered birds in Cebu like the black shama or siloy, the Cebu flowerpecker and the Cebu hawk-owl.

    Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said the P10 million will also be ...

  • The Nug-as Forest Of Alcoy Beckons

    The Nug-as Forest Of Alcoy Beckons

    Birdwatching is a truly specialized hobby that tests the perseverance and patience for anyone who is interested in doing so.

    This is because birds are elusive creatures, and spotting one let alone seeing it up real close is like a game of hide and seek.

    But for true hobbyists, the entire forest of Alcoy town in southern Cebu can be their playground.

    The 1.6-hectare protected timberland in Barangay Nug-as of Alcoy town, 93.4 kilometers south of Cebu City, is the largest, remaining national forest reserve in the province of Cebu.

    Called Nug-as Forest, the limestone mountain range tha ...

  • Capitol To Boost Southern Biodiversity

    The Cebu provincial government is gearing towards preserving and promoting the natural wonders of the southern town of Alcoy, particularly its lush forest in Barangay Nug-as.

    Nug-as forest is home to 40 endemic bird species, including the Cebu Black Shama (Copsychus cebuensis) and Cebu Hawk Owls, as well as endemic tree species like Cebu Mistletoe and Cebu Cinnamon.

    Joselito Costas, provincial tourism officer, said the province is doing its best to protect and promote the forest as an eco-tourism site.

    "We brought it to the next level. We wanted biodiversity conservation and tourism k ...

  • In Alcoy A Trek For Bird Lover

    In Alcoy A Trek For Bird Lover

    Growing up in a family of hunters, Pedro Villarte spent part of his youth catching, for leisure, wild animals that roamed the forests of Alcoy, Cebu.

    Young Pedros favorite catch was the hawk owl. While he didnt hunt for food, Pedro admitted feeling an adrenaline rush every time he left the house right after sunset or just before daylight broke to catch the nocturnal creature.

    But it wasnt until Pedro left his hometown for the city that he realized the value of preserving nature and how oblivious his young self was to how his hunting activities have disrupted the forest.

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  • Lawmakers Support Initiative To Localize Biodiversity Action Plan

    Lawmakers Support Initiative To Localize Biodiversity Action Plan

    Lawmakers threw support to the initiative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to localize the country's biodiversity action plan and financing in Mindoro.

    Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez Sato, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Paulino Salvador C. Leachon, and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali signed recently the Declaration of Cooperation in support of the localization of the Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (PBSAP) 2015-2028.

    "Being an island endowed with rich natural resources and a host of ...