|JANUARY 18, 2013 Celebration of the 2nd Annual Pawikan Festival in Naic, Bataan, Philippines|
|Wednesday, 30 January 2013 15:13|
The 2nd celebration of the Pawikan Festival started as early as 5am. this was featured by Channel 7 – Unang Hirit Production. TV host Tony Pet witnessing the actual release of the turtle hatchling.
The official opening of the festival was graced by the Municipal Mayor Hon. Edwina P. Mendoza of the Municipality of Naic, Cavite. Officials from the DENR PENRO and CENRO joined and fully support the program. Engr. Rolinio Pozas (PENRO) delivered Inspirational Message and Mr. Elueterio Recile (CENRO).
The festival was highlighted by the annual release of the olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchlings (baby turtles) in the beach of Barangay Labac, Naic witnessed by young and old residents of Naic and visitors from nearby Municipality present during the celebration.
Thousands of expectator and participants enjoyed watching the untiring street dancing presentation by the nursery kiddies to high school student from the different schools of the Municipality of Naic. Two hundred (200) newly hatched olive ridley turtles were released.
The Project Leader of the PAWB, Pawikan Conservation Project (PCP) was privilege to give message on conservation of marine turtle. It was an opportunity for the undersign to encourage the locals to support the conservation of all wildlife and to be a part of the preservation of Manila Bay free from deterioration, free from pollution and free from plastics and garbage. The Naic community pledge to continue its support for the conservation of the marine turtle and Manila Bay as well.
In 2011 a total of 1887 marine turtle eggs were save protect and conserved in Labac, Naic, Cavite. For 2012 a total of 2461 egg were protected and conserved our local volunteers from Barangay Labac, Naic, Cavite. The increase in the conservation were made through efforts of the Local Government of Naic, Cavite, several Barangay leaders of Labac, concern private person, DENR R4-A PENRO and CENRO staff and PAWB – Pawikan Conservation Project staff. (Photo courtesy of Emie T. Ramoso)