Talarak Foundation, a non-government organization that runs the Negros Forest Park in Bacolod City, lauded Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson for his decision to keep the conservation center at its present location at the Provincial Capitol complex.
The provincial government, under the previous administration, had planned to transfer the facility to the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, but it was met by criticisms.
In an open letter, Paul Lizares, vice president of Talarak Foundation, lauded the governor for standing up for something different.
“He did right by us, the residents of Negros Occidental, by protecting our future, ” he said.
He said politicians normally prefer economic progress and development over environmental balance , and Lacson has chosen to help pave the way to a more sustainable future by allowing the Negros Forest Park to continue its lease for the next 25 years.
Talarak Foundation Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization dedicated to the captive breeding of critically-endangered endemic species in the province, and the protection of Negros’ forests .
It has a successful breeding program for the five critically endangered species in the province, such as the Visayan warty pig, Visayan spotted deer, Walden’s hornbill, Tarictic hornbill, and the Negros bleeding heart pigeon .
Lizares said t he move by the province has made all the efforts of everyone, who contributed to this cause over the decades, to be not in vain. Because of the governor ’ s support, they are now in the process of rehabilitating the center so that it may re-open as a new and improved learning center for everyone. *
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