Davao Light and Power Co., Inc together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources XI and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio released the recently hatched pawikans last March 21, 2017 along the shore of the Cleanergy Park at Sitio Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, Davao City.
The hatchlings were the first batch of eggs for the year, discovered in the park last January 10, 2017. Out of the 180 eggs, 173 hatched and 169 from these hatchlings were released to the sea, where they can grow and one day be back to lay the succeeding generations of pawikans.
The recent releasing is by far the largest number of released pawikan offspring in the Cleanergy park. It has also been confirmed that the hatchlings belong to the Hawksbill species which is already considered as critically endangered.
Mayor Sara Duterte, together with Davao Light's EVP and COO Engr. Rodger S. Velasco led the releasing of the marine turtles to the sea. Barangay Matina Aplaya officials and some employees from Davao Light, and other Aboitiz companies were also present to witness the event.
“Davao Light in partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation will continue to help in the conservation and protection of the pawikans. Thereby, help maintain the ecological balance of the wildlife.” said Engr. Velasco.
More sets of pawikan eggs are expected to hatch in the remaining days of April and May.