|DENR and Energy Development Corporation inked conservation partnership|
|Wednesday, 22 August 2012 17:07|
The DENR and Energy Development Corporation (EDC) sealed partnership in the conservation of threatened species through the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in a simple ceremony held last 13 August 2012. The MOA will cover the implementation of the EDC Wildlife Conservation Project under the government’s “Adopt-A-Wildlife Species Program (AAWSP)” scheme.
Under the MOA, the EDC will provide funds to support conservation activities for threatened species found within the company’s geothermal sites in Albay, Leyte, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental and Sorsogon. The flagship species for conservation include the Large flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus), Golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus), Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), Philippine brown deer (Cervus mariannus), Philippine eagle owl (Bubo philippensis) and Philippine warty pig (Sus philippensis). The conservation activities will include protection of the species habitats, public education and information campaign, rescue-rehabilitation-release of wildlife, population assessment, and distribution surveys in three consecutive years. The EDC, through its President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Richard Tantoco, committed to provide an initial amount of PhP1.3M for the project. DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje calls on other corporations to lobby behind the government’s cause to save threatened wild animals and plants from extinction by enrolling to the AAWSP of the DENR and avail of corresponding tax exemptions as prescribed under the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
DENR Sec. Ramon J.P. Paje (middle left) and EDC President-CEO Richard Tantoco (middle right)
shake hands as they hold the Agreement that binds the DENR & EDC as one in the conservation
of threatened wildlife species. PAWB Dir. Theresa Mundita S. Lim (extreme left)
and Ms. Agnes de Jesus of EDC (extreme right) witnessed the event.