By Antonio Manaytay
Siocon Mayor Julius Lobrigas has supervised the release today of a rescued Philippine eagle, also known as a monkey-eating eagle in a forested area of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.
The release of the monkey-eating eagle, a critically endangered specie, came a month after a resident of Barangay Bulacan rescued it.
Lobrigas named the resident as Nito Bitog.
Bitog, the mayor said, turned over the eagle to Barangay chairman Romeo Dumencil on April 16.
The barangay chairman had turned over the Philippine eagle to environment officials only recently because of lockdown.
Saving a Philippine eagle, according to the mayor, is an act worthy of emulation.
Facts and figures
Environment officials said there are 400 pairs of Philippine eagle in the wild.
The monkey-eating eagle is on top of the food chain.
Preserving the endangered specie plays a crucial role to maintain the delicate balance of the ecosystem.
Its presence in the wild regulates the population of every specie.
Their mere presence serves as protection to other forms of life in a territory it lives.
The remaining number of this largest and powerful forest raptor are present in Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. (Mindanao Sun)