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  • Green Turtles Pinamumugaran Ang Baguan Island Sa Tawi-Tawi

    Baguan Island sa Tawi-Tawi, pinamumugaran ng green turtles.

  • Saving The Endangered Pawikan

    Saving The Endangered Pawikan

    We receive reports almost every week [from all over the Philippines]," environmental advocate AA Yaptinchay said of the marine turtles which are held in captivity, trapped, caught in nets, or found dead.

    Yaptinchay, founder and director of Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, described the unfortunate plight of the endangered marine turtles, popularly known as pawikan, in the country despite an ongoing wildlife-conservation program.

    Through social media, the group receives reports about abuses against marine mammals, particularly marine turtles, which it relays to the Department of ...

  • Climate Change Hastens Extinction Of Pawikan

    Climate Change Hastens Extinction Of Pawikan

    Climate change is partly being blamed for the dwindling global population of marine turtles. Conservation experts in the Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary (TIWS) suggest that the problem could be worse.

    They said El NiƱo and beach erosion caused by climate change-triggered effects, such as sea-level rise and storm surges because of the intensifying typhoons, might hasten the extinction of these mysterious creatures of the sea.

    The downtrend in the number of nesting marine turtles and eggs in the TIWS has been observed over the past decade by the Department of Environment and Natural Re ...

  • Ecotourism Projects Eyed For Turtle Islands

    Ecotourism projects worth P30 million aimed at protecting endangered marine species are being developed on Tawi-Tawi's Turtle Islands, one of the world's major nesting sites of marine turtles and located in the country's southernmost frontier.

    "Through these initiatives, the residents of Turtle Islands can earn sustainable livelihood by promoting this famous attraction, while ensuring the protection of the endangered species and their nesting sites," Luwalhati Antonino, chairperson of the Mindanao Development Authority, said.

    There are only 10 nesting sites of marine turtles across the g ...

  • Cast Away In The Islands Of Tawi Tawi

    Cast Away In The Islands Of Tawi Tawi

    The world is a box full of amazing surprises. It is worth opening.

    I always keep a list of places I would want to step foot into. And sometimes, my list includes the farthest, the hardest and the places less explored.

    Tawi-Tawi is an island that can be found in the southernmost part of the Philippines. It has 107 island and islets and it shares sea borders with Malaysia. The area is rich in marine culture and is considered the center of marine biodiversity. It's only 2% of the worlds oceans but it has the highest number of marine species.

    Tawi-Tawi is also one of the provinces under A ...

  • Saving The Endangered Pawikan Part 2

    Saving The Endangered Pawikan Part 2

    Pawikan conservation program

    Institutionalized in 1979 with the signing of Executive Order 54 creating Task Force Pawikan by former President Ferdinand Marcos, conservation efforts in the Philippines have gone a long way. The pawikan conservation program, which used to be a special project, is now part of the wildlife resources-conservation and protection program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB).

    The DENR-BMB's pawikan conservation and protection efforts are the country's contribution to the global effort to save the endange ...