MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) is asking netizens to change their profile pictures to Pamana’s (Heritage) photo for at least one day starting Friday, August 21, “to mourn her senseless killing.”
Pamana, a critically-endangered Philippine eagle just recently released into the wild was found shot to death in Mount Hamiguitan Range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Davao Oriental.
PEF also launched a crowdfunding effort to identify the person behind the killing and to prosecute the perpetrators.
“100% of donations go to the Philippine Eagle Foundation, a PCNC (Philippine Council for NGO Certification) accredited NGO. Every Peso counts,” PEF said.
In a Twitter post, Felicia Atienza, a member of the PEF’s Board of Trustees said donations will also be used to protect the remaining 400 pairs of the Philippine eagle left in the wild.
These are the other activities that can be funded through these donations:
- Php 5000 (USD 100) – Can mobilize a team of forest guards to patrol Philippine Eagle territories.
- Php 2500 (USD 55) – Can provide for the fuel of our PEF team so they can respond to Philippine Eagle rescues
- Php 1000 (USD 20) – Can provide 10 educational kits for 10 kids during Information Education Campaigns (IEC).
- Php 500 (USD 10) – Can support a Philippine Eagle in the Center(food, veterinary care, and maintenance) for a day.
- Php 100 (USD 2) – Can secure 1 seedling in support of the Arakan Forest Corridor Development Project (AFCDP).
Reward and punishment
PEF released Pamana into the wild on June 12, 2015 to mark Philippine Independence Day. She was about 3 years old at the time of her death.
Meanwhile, the government offered a P100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot the Philippine eagle.
Any relevant information can be reported to the hotline for illegal forest activities in Mount Hamiguitan: 0947-611-6083.
It is illegal to kill a Philippine eagle, the country’s national bird and the only blue-eyed bird of prey known to man. Its population is being endangered by habitat loss and degradation caused by deforestation and poaching. – Rappler.com