“Our Philippine Eagle and our indigenous tribes know too well that their very survival is necessarily dependent on a healthy forest. And in the same vein, humanity and our civilizations will cease to exist as we know it if we continue to act as masters rather than stewards towards our environment,” says Tirso P. Parian Jr., Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 8.
As the Philippines celebrate the Phillippine Eagle Week, we are once again reminded that our effort to save this majestic giant forest raptor that is one of the largest in the world, is also about protecting our very own future – our right to exist and to survive in harmony with nature.
Likewise, this message is aptly captured by the 23rd observance of Philippine Eagle Week with the theme, “The Philippine Eagle and Indigenous Peoples: Protecting our Forests, Protecting our Future”.
“We believe that we have already reached a higher level of awareness among the populace that the continued existence of the Philippine Eagle matters for a balanced ecosystem. Likewise, policies and laws are already in place to protect them. It is living by it and of doing it that remains a challenge. After all, Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan” says RED Parian.
The major islands of Leyte and Samar in Eastern Visayas have historically been identified as having confirmed sightings of the Philippine Eagle. These include the Taft Philippine Eagle Sanctuary in Eastern Samar; San Jose de Buan and Maslog in Samar; Burauen in Leyte; and Silago in Southern Leyte.