OIC-PENRO Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya of DENR-PENRO Negros Occidental led this year’s Negros Wildlife Foot Parade with the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc., CENROs Bago, Cadiz, Kabankalan, Mount Kanla-on Natural Park, Northern Negros Natural Park and Tañon Strait Protected Seascape with the theme “Maghiliusa kag maghulag nita, para sa pagkaon kag ekonomiya, Biodiversity sang Negros, Amligan ta!”
Almost 700 students participated in The Wildlife Foot Parade from Handumanan National High School, Negros Occidental High School, Philippine Normal University-Cadiz Campus, Technological University of the Philippines Visayas and other participants from Schools Division of Sipalay City, Energy Development Corporation, Mailum-Minoyan United Multipurpose Cooperative, Talarak Foundation Inc., BACIWA-Prime Water Bacolod City, Bacolod LGU, BTAO and the Provincial Environment Management Office.
Participants wore creative head dresses exhibiting native, endemic and threatened flora and fauna of Negros Island, marching from the South Capitol Road to the Bacolod City Public Plaza.
A short program then followed with games and awarding of the Best in Head Dress, won by the Philippine Normal University-Cadiz Campus, first place; Handumanan National High School, second; and Negros Occidental High School, third.
OIC-CENRO of DENR-CENRO Bago Rosievel Dimatulac gave her message of support and encouraged everyone to be actively involved in all environmental activities to conserve and protect our rich biodiversity in the province.
The month of November is celebrated in Negros Occidental as provincial wildlife month with activities like exhibits, cultural presentations, biodiversity research symposium, quiz bowl, and Wildlife Foot Parade as among the highlights of the celebration.*