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BANGON WESTERN VISAYAS! MIGRATION & DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
["Building a better and stronger Western Visayas"]


PROJECTS Overview of Migration and Development Projects Being Implemented Worldwide .....READ MORE BELOW.....

ALSO: Evacuation plans for OFWs in Seoul in place, says Palace
[Tension anew between Seoul and Pyongyang: North Korea readying for war]


AUGUST 23 --Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, left the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war. The North's official KCNA news agency said North Korea leader Kim ordered frontline, combined units of the Korean People's Army (KPA) to "enter a wartime state" from Friday 5pm local time (08:00 GMT). The troops should be "fully battle ready to launch surprise operations" while the entire frontline should be placed in a "semi-war state," KCNA quoted him as saying. This came about hours after the two Koreas traded artillery fire on Thursday, leaving no apparent casualties but pushing already elevated cross-border tensions to dangerously high levels. ALJAZEERA news headline August 22, 2015 
Amid another spike in tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang, Malacañang yesterday assured Filipinos in South Korea that there is a ready and active protocol that the government can carry out in case there is a need to evacuate them. According to deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte, the government has plans in place back in 2011, early on in President Aquino’s term, when there was also a similar exchange of fires between the two Koreas. “We activated our evacuation protocols for our OFWs. Thankfully at the time, it did not need to be executed. It served as a practice also on our part,” she told a radio interview. Valte also said they continue to call for the deescalation of tension in the Korean peninsula to prevent any incident that may threaten regional stability. “We continue to call for restraint on both sides to prevent any undue incident that can quickly escalate,” the Palace official added. The Philippines has a big population in South Korea, and the country’s embassy led by Ambassador Raul Hernandez is already on alert and is keeping their ears on the ground to see what the developments are. Among the Filipino professionals present in South Korea include teachers, professors, as well as religious groups, Valte said noting that these Filipinos are very active and in touch with the Philippine embassy. “I have seen their good coordination. So our first advice to them would be to follow the information that is disseminated to you by the embassy and to strictly adhere to these reminders because these reminders are also for our safety,” she stressed. READ MORE...

ALSO: South China Sea situation very serious – says US


AUGUST 22 --South China Sea. FIle photo 
WASHINGTON – US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Chinese have created a “very serious situation” in the South China Sea and must stop any further militarization, not just temporarily but permanently.
Carter called on all countries with claims to disputed territories in the sea to cease and desist from creating artificial islands to help dial down the tension in the region. At a Pentagon news briefing on Thursday, Carter called on all countries concerned to “stop dredging, stop any further militarization, not just stop temporarily, but stop permanently.” He said other countries are involved in construction activities on land features that they claim “but China is by far and away the one that has done the most especially in the last year…”  Asked how the US military should deal with the existence of Chinese artificial islands in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea, he reiterated the United States would continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law permits. Carter said China’s behavior was having the effect of strengthening America’s alliances in the Asia-Pacific area and increasing the number and strength of its partnerships. – Jose Katigbak (STAR Washington bureau), Jaime Laude THIS IS THE FULL REPORT....RELATED REPORT FROM MALACANANG.....

ALSO: Butz Aquino accorded fondest farewell


AUGUST 19 --FORMER SENATOR Agapito “Butz” S. Aquino passed away due to “natural causes” on Monday afternoon, according to his nephew Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino
There was no anti-Marcos rally this time, but family, friends and comrades from the parliament of the streets gathered once more around former Sen. and Rep. Agapito “Butz” Aquino, as they bade him a final farewell. Butz, an uncle of President Aquino and a younger brother of martyred former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., died of natural causes on Monday, Aug. 17. He was 76. Aquino is best remembered for being the pillar of the August Twenty-One Movement (Atom), the political group that led protest rallies against the Marcos regime shortly after the 1983 Ninoy Aquino assassination by suspected Marcos men. Butz’s “call to arms” also set the wheels moving toward the February 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted the Marcos dictatorship. After a thanksgiving and remembrance Mass, Butz’s remains were cremated at the Arlington Memorial Chapel following his instructions to keep the funeral “simple and without fanfare.”  Present at the cremation were wife Popsy, their children Roxanne, Jackie and Bobby, grandchildren, and other family members, including his sisters Ditas Valdez, Linda Vargas and Maur Lichauco, brother Paul Aquino, niece Viel Aquino-Dee and nephew Sen. Bam Aquino. Named after ‘Agape’  Her father’s name, Agapito, came from the word “agape,” Butz’s daughter Roxanne said. “Agape is the highest form of love,” she added, noting that her father showed ‘abundant love” for family, friends and country. READ MORE...

ALSO A CRUEL ACT: 2 months into the wild, Eagle Pamana shot dead
[A necropsy report proved that the giant raptor was shot with a 5 mm bullet, more commonly used for air guns, on the right chest.]



AUGUST 20 --Photo from the Davao Oriental PIO shows Philippine Eagle Pamana, who flew to freedom on Mt. Hamiguitan last Independence Day.
 
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Philippine Eagle Pamana was found dead in the forest of Mount Hamiguitan about two months after the bird was released back into the wild on June 12, the country’s Independence Day. Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) biologists and local forest guards found the remains of Pamana, still with its tracking device, near a creek in the Hamiguitan mountain range in Davao Oriental last Sunday. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) condemned the eagle’s killing apparently with an air gun, indicating it was for sport. In a statement, PETA’s Rochelle Regodon said, “Shooting animals in the wild is a coward’s pastime. Hunters use animals as mere targets and they lack empathy, understanding and respect for living creatures. PETA condemns this act of cruelty.” A necropsy report proved that the giant raptor was shot with a 5 mm bullet, more commonly used for air guns, on the right chest. A tiny metal fragment, believed to be from a shattered gun pellet, was also isolated from the carcass. The eagle also suffered superficial wounds when it was rescued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources personnel from the forests near Iligan City more than two years ago. ERAD MORE...

ALSO: ‘Proposed Parking building may cost Banaue rice terraces Unesco listing’


AUGUST 20 --PHOTOBOMBER 2: An on-site tarp shows the proposed multi-level parking building near the Ifugao rice terraces in Banaue. Like the Torre de Manila, which critics say mars the Rizal Park view, the project has been met with opposition. File photo/VICTOR MARTIN
 The Banaue rice terraces stands to lose its listing as a World Heritage Site if the construction of a parking building would threaten its structural integrity, an official of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) said yesterday.
Trixie Cruz-Angeles, counsel for the NCCA, said the 2,000-year-old Banaue rice terraces was inscribed in the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List in 1995. On Aug. 14, the NCCA received a copy of a petition opposing the construction of the P55-million parking facility near the rice terraces. The cultural agency has yet to visit Banaue to see for themselves the area where the car park will be built. “We won’t issue a cease and desist order unless we have personal knowledge or credible report,” Angeles said, adding the NCCA is required to report to the World Heritage Fund regarding the matter. She said UNESCO would not intervene on the issue of the construction of a parking lot as it respects the sovereignty of nations. But as part of the convention, UNESCO can classify the rice terraces as an endangered site. READ MORE...


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Migration and Development Initiative in Western Visayas
[Short title MDI-WV : Start date to End date: Tue, 07/01/2014 to Sat, 04/30/2016]

MANILA, AUGUST 24, 2015 (COMMISSION ON FILIPINOS OVERSEAS) Since 2008, the Joint Migration and Development Team moderates a diverse and dynamic online M4D Community. This global network of migration and development practitioners brings together over 3000 members from across regions.

The objective is to offer a space through which M&D practitioners generate collective knowledge, tab into each other’s experiences, and create partnerships. The contributions of the M4D Net members often support JMDI’s efforts to feed evidence-based recommendations into policy-making.

The voices of the Community are frequently reflected at major M&D events and its concerns and experiences contribute to develop specific knowledge tools.

Brief description of the initiative

The over-all objective of the project is to optimize the contribution of migration in regional and local development in Western Visayas.

Migration dynamics have a strong potential role in supporting local development processes. The drivers and impacts of migration are often most strongly felt at the local level.

Communities also have strong ties with their diaspora communities who originate from their area and can be important players in developing players towards the diaspora.

Especially during times of disasters and calamities, overseas Filipinos are strong partners both in the recovery of affected families through their remittances and in rehabilitating efforts through diaspora philanthropy.

The good practices identified by the Joint Migration and Development Initiative Phase I showed the importance of efficiently linking civil society initiatives with local development agendas in order to reach sustainability and impact.

The experimentation of small scale initiatives have had positive effects and contributed to change the degree of activism of local administrations in the field of migration and development (M&D).

However, their involvement remains underdeveloped and many obstacles exist, such as lack of capacities and of efficient and effective coordination within local authorities’ administration and with other stakeholders. Continue reading> at the website.

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TRIBUNE

Evacuation plans for OFWs in Seoul in place, says Palace Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 23 August 2015 00:00


Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, left the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war. The North's official KCNA news agency said North Korea leader Kim ordered frontline, combined units of the Korean People's Army (KPA) to "enter a wartime state" from Friday 5pm local time (08:00 GMT). The troops should be "fully battle ready to launch surprise operations" while the entire frontline should be placed in a "semi-war state," KCNA quoted him as saying. This came about hours after the two Koreas traded artillery fire on Thursday, leaving no apparent casualties but pushing already elevated cross-border tensions to dangerously high levels. ALJAZEERA news headline August 22, 2015 


Amid another spike in tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang, Malacañang yesterday assured Filipinos in South Korea that there is a ready and active protocol that the government can carry out in case there is a need to evacuate them.

According to deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte, the government has plans in place back in 2011, early on in President Aquino’s term, when there was also a similar exchange of fires between the two Koreas.

“We activated our evacuation protocols for our OFWs. Thankfully at the time, it did not need to be executed. It served as a practice also on our part,” she told a radio interview.

Valte also said they continue to call for the deescalation of tension in the Korean peninsula to prevent any incident that may threaten regional stability.

“We continue to call for restraint on both sides to prevent any undue incident that can quickly escalate,” the Palace official added.

The Philippines has a big population in South Korea, and the country’s embassy led by Ambassador Raul Hernandez is already on alert and is keeping their ears on the ground to see what the developments are.
Among the Filipino professionals present in South Korea include teachers, professors, as well as religious groups, Valte said noting that these Filipinos are very active and in touch with the Philippine embassy.
“I have seen their good coordination. So our first advice to them would be to follow the information that is disseminated to you by the embassy and to strictly adhere to these reminders because these reminders are also for our safety,” she stressed.

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In Seoul, North and South Korea yesterday sat down to urgent top-level talks, seeking some way out of an escalating crisis that has pushed both their militaries to the brink of an armed conflict.

The talks in the border truce village of Panmunjom began shortly after the expiration of a North Korean deadline for Seoul to halt loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts across the border or face military action.

Despite skepticism that Pyongyang would follow through on its threat, the ultimatum raised border tensions to their highest level for years, with the North re-positioning artillery units and South Korean and US fighter jets flying simulated bombing runs.

The dialog in Panmunjom, where the Korean War ceasefire was signed, offers a chance for both sides to step back, although analysts said finding a workable compromise would be difficult.

Seoul has refused to turn off the loudspeaker broadcasts until Pyongyang apologizes for mine blasts this month that maimed two South Korean soldiers on border patrol.

North Korea denies any responsibility for the blasts and has accused the South of fabricating evidence of its involvement.

“It’s not easy to see a simple way out where neither side loses face,” said Dan Pinkston, Korea expert at the International Crisis Group in Seoul.

“It’ll be interesting to see if the North can bring something to the table — possibly a resumption of North-South family reunions — that will allow the South to turn the loudspeakers off,” Pinkston said.

The four delegates — two from each side — include the South Korean president’s national security adviser, Kim Kwan-Jin, and the man widely seen as North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s number two, Hwang Pyong-So.

The two men last met in October when Hwang, who is vice chairman of the North’s top military body, the National Defense Commission, led a delegation on the highest-level visit to the South for years.

Those talks ended with an agreement on resuming a high-level dialog, which never actually got off the ground.

According to South Korea’s presidential Blue House, the request for talks came from the North, despite its aggressive rhetoric and military posturing of recent days.

On the orders of Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean People’s Army (KPA) has been in a “fully armed, wartime state” since Friday, while the foreign ministry in Pyongyang warned Saturday that the situation had “reached the brink of war” and was “hardly controllable.”

The international community has long experience of North Korea’s particularly aggressive brand of diplomatic brinkmanship, and the request for talks will confirm for many that this has largely been another exercise in attention-seeking by Pyongyang.

For the moment, there has been little sense of panic among ordinary South Koreans who have become largely inured over the years to the North’s regular — and regularly unrealized — threats of imminent war.

But the military has been on maximum alert, and US and South Korean jets flew simulated bombing sorties around midday Saturday in a clear show of defiance and force.

Thousands of South Korean civilians living on frontline border islands or near military propaganda units were evacuated from their homes to underground shelters as a preventive measure.

Technically, the two Koreas have been at war for the past 65 years, as the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a ceasefire that was never ratified by a formal peace treaty.

Kim Jong-Un’s order to move to a war footing came after an exchange of artillery fire on Thursday that claimed no casualties but triggered a dangerous spike in cross-border tensions.

On Friday South Korean President Park Geun-Hye appeared on television, wearing army fatigues and telling top military commanders that further North Korean provocations “will not be tolerated.”

The situation is being closely watched, with UN chief Ban Ki-moon calling for restraint from both sides and the United States urging Pyongyang to avoid further escalation.

There are nearly 30,000 US troops permanently stationed in South Korea, and the US military’s top officer on Saturday reiterated Washington’s commitment to the defense of its ally.

A call for calm and restraint also came from China, the North’s main diplomatic protector and economic supporter.

Ties between Beijing and Pyongyang have become strained, and China will be keen to avoid any regional flare-up as it seeks to attract world leaders to Beijing next month for a three-day celebration of Japan’s defeat in World War II.

Meanwhile, the United States is committed to defending close ally South Korea, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

“Chairman Dempsey reaffirmed the unwavering commitment of the United States to the defense of the ROK (South Korea) and reiterated the strength of the US-ROK alliance,” a Pentagon statement said.

Dempsey and Admiral Choi Yoon-Hee “concurred they would watch North Korea’s actions closely in the coming days and would ensure that the US and ROK continue to work closely with one another to deter further North Korean provocations and defuse tensions.”
Joshua L. Labonera and AFP


PHILSTAR

South China Sea situation very serious – US (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 22, 2015 - 12:00am 4 2234 googleplus0 1


South China Sea. FIle photo

WASHINGTON – US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Chinese have created a “very serious situation” in the South China Sea and must stop any further militarization, not just temporarily but permanently.

Carter called on all countries with claims to disputed territories in the sea to cease and desist from creating artificial islands to help dial down the tension in the region.

At a Pentagon news briefing on Thursday, Carter called on all countries concerned to “stop dredging, stop any further militarization, not just stop temporarily, but stop permanently.”

He said other countries are involved in construction activities on land features that they claim “but China is by far and away the one that has done the most especially in the last year…”

Asked how the US military should deal with the existence of Chinese artificial islands in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea, he reiterated the United States would continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law permits.

Carter said China’s behavior was having the effect of strengthening America’s alliances in the Asia-Pacific area and increasing the number and strength of its partnerships. – Jose Katigbak (STAR Washington bureau), Jaime Laude

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Philippines aware of serious situation in disputed seas – Palace By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 23, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines has long been aware of China’s menacing actions in the West Philippine Sea and has repeatedly sounded the alarm when the Asian power began its island-building activities, Malacañang said yesterday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the remarks over dzRB in reaction to US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s statement that the Chinese have created a “very serious situation” in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea.

In his statement, Carter also asked China and other countries with claims in disputed waters to “permanently” stop further militarization in the region.

“You will have to look to China to get a response” to Carter’s statement, Valte said.

“But we have always expressed our concern on the reclamation that is being done; and, in fact, that is one of the points that we raised, not just on the matter of the maritime dispute, but also the impact on the environment that the reclamation has in our arbitration case,” she pointed out.

Carter said other countries were involved in construction activities on land features that they were claiming “but China is by far and away the one that has done the most, especially in the last year.”


INQUIRER

Butz Aquino accorded fondest farewell @inquirerdotnet
03:26 AM August 19th, 2015


THE MAN WHO STARTED PEOPLE POWER Family members, including wife Popsy Mendez (4th from left), brother Paul Aquino (7th from left), son-in-law Mark Gavino (in dark glasses), grandchildren and daughter Jackie Gavino (partly hidden, extreme right), stay close to former Sen. and Rep. Agapito “Butz” Aquino shortly before his body was cremated on Tuesday morning at Arlington Memorial Chapel. Butz, President Aquino’s uncle and the younger brother of martyred Sen. Ninoy Aquino, called people to surround Camp Crame to protect the military faction breaking away from the Marcos dictatorship. He organized the August 21 Movement, which spearheaded daily protest rallies against Marcos. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY MANDY NAVASERO

There was no anti-Marcos rally this time, but family, friends and comrades from the parliament of the streets gathered once more around former Sen. and Rep. Agapito “Butz” Aquino, as they bade him a final farewell.

Butz, an uncle of President Aquino and a younger brother of martyred former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., died of natural causes on Monday, Aug. 17. He was 76.

Aquino is best remembered for being the pillar of the August Twenty-One Movement (Atom), the political group that led protest rallies against the Marcos regime shortly after the 1983 Ninoy Aquino assassination by suspected Marcos men.

Butz’s “call to arms” also set the wheels moving toward the February 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted the Marcos dictatorship.


PHOTO OF P-NOY WITH HIS UNCLE: Benigno Aquino III on Monday evening paid his last respects to his uncle, former Sen. Agapito “Butz” Aquino, who died earlier in the day at age 76.
The remains of former Senator Agapito “Butz” Aquino were cremated early today (August 18). Before the cremation ceremony held past 9 a.m., a Mass was celebrated at around 7 a.m. at the Arlington Memorial Chapel in Quezon City. Radio reports said that the event was attended by the Aquino clan and the late political icon’s friends. FROM MANILA DAILY BULLETIN AUGUST 18, 2015

After a thanksgiving and remembrance Mass, Butz’s remains were cremated at the Arlington Memorial Chapel following his instructions to keep the funeral “simple and without fanfare.”


SPECIAL MASS AT SENATE:
Families and friends of the late former senator Agapito ‘Butz’ Aquino gathered at the Senate on Wednesday for a special mass offered by the chamber. Aquino’s wife, Popsy, and son, Robert, were among the family members present for the mass which was officiated by military bishop Leopoldo Tumulak. Incumbent and former senators attended the mass for Aquino. FROM THE INQUIRER Maila Ager/IDL

Present at the cremation were wife Popsy, their children Roxanne, Jackie and Bobby, grandchildren, and other family members, including his sisters Ditas Valdez, Linda Vargas and Maur Lichauco, brother Paul Aquino, niece Viel Aquino-Dee and nephew Sen. Bam Aquino.

Named after ‘Agape’

Her father’s name, Agapito, came from the word “agape,” Butz’s daughter Roxanne said. “Agape is the highest form of love,” she added, noting that her father showed ‘abundant love” for family, friends and country.

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Street parliamentarian Ramon Pedrosa agreed. “At the darkest hour of our country’s struggle against the (Marcos) dictatorship, Butz Aquino galvanized the nation. He invented Edsa,” he said.


FORMER SENATOR Agapito “Butz” S. Aquino passed away due to “natural causes” on Monday afternoon, according to his nephew Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino

Pedrosa recounted that Butz went to the Isetann department store in Cubao to call for people power against Marcos’ military men despite his mother’s admonition.

The first 100 warm bodies who had marched to Camp Crame to show support for the military breakaway group led by then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and Armed Forces Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Fidel V. Ramos actually rendezvoused at Isetann, Pedrosa said.

Previously, Aquino’s Atom had led rallies against Marcos, including the landmark people’s “Lakbayan” protest march from Tarlac to Ugarte Field, part of the massive street protests that would eventually dismantle the Marcos regime and sweep Cory Aquino to the presidency, recalled Pedrosa.


INFO-PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILSTAR--
Photo from ‘People Power: The Philippine Revolution of 1986’ taken by Manuel Ferrer shows Agapito ‘Butz’ Aquino speaking during an August Twenty-One Movement rally. Veteran 'street parliamentarian' Agapito “Butz” Aquino died yesterday afternoon, just four days before the date after which he named his movement against the dictatorial regime of Ferdinand Marcos. Aquino, a former senator and Makati congressman, was 76. He died of complications from dialysis and multiple organ failure at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center, where he had been confined for a few days.

But despite his pivotal role in the protest movement, Butz preferred to stay in the background. “So we will finally lay to rest this braggadocio, this dilettante,” Pedrosa said with a touch of irony.

Former Atom member ex-Sen. Nikki Coseteng said as much. “He was underrated, and undercredited,” she said of “Butz and his little caboodle who were right there in the center” of the struggle.

After the Edsa revolt, people urged Butz to run for president, but Butz said “he’d rather be mayor of Concepcion, Tarlac,” Coseteng said.

Father Arnold Abelardo, who officiated the thanksgiving Mass, remembered seeing Butz “in his famous long-sleeved shirt” marching on Edsa, “acting as a mediator for the country and for justice.”


Butz Aquino, former senator and pillar of anti-dictatorship movement, dies at 76

‘Charming’

But Sen. Bam Aquino fondly remembered his uncle for a totally unpolitical reason. “(He was) charming,” he said.

Butz’s cousin, TV producer Maria Montelibano, former head of the Malacañang media group, said there was one thing she would miss about him most: “His laughter,” she said.

Journalist Kiyoshi Wakamiya wrote in his note of final goodbye to Butz a common sentiment among those who knew the former lawmaker. “Thank you for the memories.”

Wakamiya was among the journalists who were on the plane with Ninoy on his return flight to Manila on Aug. 21, 1983, the date that would inspire his younger brother Butz to form Atom.
Fe Zamora, Social Media Editor


PHILSTAR

2 months into the wild, Pamana shot dead By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 20, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Photo from the Davao Oriental PIO shows Philippine Eagle Pamana, who flew to freedom on Mt. Hamiguitan last Independence Day.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Philippine Eagle Pamana was found dead in the forest of Mount Hamiguitan about two months after the bird was released back into the wild on June 12, the country’s Independence Day.

Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) biologists and local forest guards found the remains of Pamana, still with its tracking device, near a creek in the Hamiguitan mountain range in Davao Oriental last Sunday.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) condemned the eagle’s killing apparently with an air gun, indicating it was for sport.

In a statement, PETA’s Rochelle Regodon said, “Shooting animals in the wild is a coward’s pastime. Hunters use animals as mere targets and they lack empathy, understanding and respect for living creatures. PETA condemns this act of cruelty.”

A necropsy report proved that the giant raptor was shot with a 5 mm bullet, more commonly used for air guns, on the right chest. A tiny metal fragment, believed to be from a shattered gun pellet, was also isolated from the carcass.

The eagle also suffered superficial wounds when it was rescued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources personnel from the forests near Iligan City more than two years ago.

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It was rehabilitated by PEF and released to the wild only last June 12. Pamana’s movements were monitored by PEF personnel through a miniature transmitter that can be tracked via GPS or global positioning system.

“It is really sad how people completely disregard the importance of the Philippine Eagle to our environment. We have worked so hard for people to understand the whole system and still there are those who kill these birds,” PEF executive director Dennis Salvador said.

Salvador added that around lunch of Aug. 10, their field team noted the ‘mortality mode’ sent by Pamana’s radio signals.

“This indicated that the unit has not moved for at least six hours. One of two things might have happened – either the radio unit came off or the bird has died,” Salvador explained.

The team traced the location of the radio transmitter to find out what really happened to the bird. After a few days of searching, the team found the decomposed carcass of Pamana near a creek below the thick forest where she was released.

Ana Lascano, PEF veterinarian, remarked in her necropsy report that the bird could have suffered from “gun shot wound leading to possible trauma.”

The PEF hoped that the bird could mature, breed and contribute to its dwindling population. With only 400 adult pairs left of the species, the Philippine Eagle is close to extinction.

At present, the species is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Regodon found it unfortunate that Pamana’s freedom was cut short, adding that PETA has asked concerned authorities to locate and file charges against the one responsible for killing the Philippine Eagle.

“Panama’s shooter should be found and charged to the full extent of Philippine law,” Regodon declared, adding that all animals, regardless of kind, desire to live freely, multiply and socialize with other animals.

Killing a Philippine Eagle carries a penalty of 12 years. – With Evelyn Macairan, AP


PHILSTAR

‘Proposed Parking building may cost Banaue rice terraces Unesco listing’ By Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 20, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


PHOTOBOMBER 2: An on-site tarp shows the proposed multi-level parking building near the Ifugao rice terraces in Banaue. Like the Torre de Manila, which critics say mars the Rizal Park view, the project has been met with opposition. File photo/VICTOR MARTIN

MANILA, Philippines - The Banaue rice terraces stands to lose its listing as a World Heritage Site if the construction of a parking building would threaten its structural integrity, an official of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) said yesterday.

Trixie Cruz-Angeles, counsel for the NCCA, said the 2,000-year-old Banaue rice terraces was inscribed in the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List in 1995.

On Aug. 14, the NCCA received a copy of a petition opposing the construction of the P55-million parking facility near the rice terraces. The cultural agency has yet to visit Banaue to see for themselves the area where the car park will be built.

“We won’t issue a cease and desist order unless we have personal knowledge or credible report,” Angeles said, adding the NCCA is required to report to the World Heritage Fund regarding the matter.

She said UNESCO would not intervene on the issue of the construction of a parking lot as it respects the sovereignty of nations.

But as part of the convention, UNESCO can classify the rice terraces as an endangered site.

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“Once it is categorized as endangered, UNESCO will impose restrictions. If we don’t comply, the rice terraces may be removed from the list of the World Heritage Sites.”

Angeles said that if they find out during inspection that the parking facility would endanger the rice terraces and local officials fail to address this concern, the terraces could be removed from the list.

She said if local officials won’t comply with their recommendations, the NCCA itself would ask UNESCO to include the rice terraces in the endangered list.

“Once delisted as a World Heritage Site, the terraces will lose its universal value, protection and will no longer be considered as a treasure of humanity,” she said.


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