San Carlos City opened the 12th Localized Wildlife Month celebration on November 21, anchored on the theme “Recovering Key Species for Ecosytem Restoration.”
City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Engr. Loreto Sanchez of the City Environment Management Office (CEMO), SP Committee on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Armando Laguda Jr. and Dr. Archilles Ponferrada, San Carlos City Cultural Heritage Council Focal Person and head of the People’s Park Management Office, led the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Sanchez encouraged everyone especially the students to help preserve and protect the remaining species of animals like the Negros Heart Bleeding Pigeon, Visayan Tarictic Hornbill, Gapas-gapas and Rufous-Headed Hornbill since they play important roles in biodiversity.
Laguda, on the other hand, reminded the students that they are the hope of Mother Earth, part of the solution for the environmental crisis and can do many things for the protection of wildlife, adding that “their support is needed to build a better world to live in.”
A symposium was held at the People’s Park wherein elementary and high school students of the different schools in the city were invited to participate.
Resource speakers during the symposium were CEMO staff Marie Grace Ripdos; Jolly Mider, Conservation Specialists of Haribon Foundation; and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Joe Recalex Alingasa Jr., who tackled about Understanding Disaster Resilience, partnership between the city and Haribon Foundation including the on-going project entitled Species of Hope: Negros Bleeding-heart Pigeon Project and elements of risk.
Students also played different games involving environmental and wildlife protection.*