Reports revealed that the Philippine Eagle was first spotted in Paranas, Samar on June 15, 1896 by a British naturalist eagleJohn Whitehead.   It was followed by a sighting in 1997, which caused then President Joseph Estrada to declare the 3,720 hectares of Samar forest as Taft Forest Wildlife (Philippine Eagle) Sanctuary on July 31, 1999 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 155. The 2011 sighting of the Philippine eagle at the SINP was followed by another sighting in 2013 by Ms. Ruth Francisco an avid birder from the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. 

Mr. Giovanne Tampos of the Philippine Eagle Foundation says that the retrieval of the wounded Philippine Eagle “Calbiga” in Calbiga Samar in July 2011 and the various reported sightings within the SINP prompted the team to conduct further research study and observation. The team also intends to check on the status of the critically endangered Philippine Eagle considered to be at high risk of extinction as its numbers diminish in the wild due to habitat destruction and poaching.

Meanwhile, Forester Angelito Villanueva, Protected Area Superintendent of SINP said that the areas where the Philippine Eagle were sighted are declared government-protected to preserve the rare bird species from possible indiscriminate hunting, loss of habitat through cutting of trees and other related interventions.

With this recent sighting, DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca once again urges the people of Samar to protect Eastern Visayas’ remaining forests because the existence of Philippine Eagle and other wildlife depends on its condition. “Let us be proud with the presence of the Philippine Eagle in our locality because this indicates a rich and ecologically balanced forest favorable for the mighty bird to inhabit,” he adds.

The Philippine Eagle is a giant forest raptor endemic to the Philippines. The bird is known to be geographically restricted to the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. The critically endangered Philippine Eagle replaced the maya bird as the country’s national bird in 1995.


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DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo accepts the Chairmanship of Eastern Visayas’ Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) for a three-year term from the Department of Tourism represented by its Officer-In-Charge, Ma. Trinidad Dacuycuy.

Scenic feature of the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape attract local and foreign tourists. To protect the area, the CIPLS PAMB limits its tourists to 500 per day.

Some of the retired key officials and employees of DENR pose for a picture with DENR Regional Director, Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Crizaldy M. Barcelo (L) presents Certificates of Recognition to partners in law enforcement for their invaluable support and contributions to environmental law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas.

Ms. Melba Ariño (center), Land Management Officer of DENR CENRO Pambujan receives award for extending invaluable assistance to the programs of 8ID PA from DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and Maj. Gen. Raul Farnacio, Commander, 8ID.

Tacloban City communities join this year’s #InternationalCoastalCleanUp activities. DENR Region 8, together with other government agencies and private institutions joined hands in cleaning up the coastal areas and waterways within the city.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu recently visited the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Samar in Catbalogan City. During his interface with DENR employees in Samar province, Secretary Cimatu laid his plans to help reduce poverty. Among these are increasing livelihood opportunities through the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP), reinventing mining to ensure that the country’s mineral resources will benefit the people without compromising the environment, and promoting cacao commodity to augment the livelihood of NGP PO beneficiaries in Samar.

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