NGO pushes birds conservation project in NV 

NGO pushes birds conservation project in NV

The Province of Nueva Vizcaya welcomed President Atty. Alex M. Tiongco and Director Tere A. Cervero of the Raptorwatch Network Philippines (RNP) who came purposely to help finalize preparations for the visit of a delegation from the Japan Society for the Preservation of Birds (JSPB) in March 2023, and other concerns.

The 5-day travel itinerary of the RNP leaders that started on January 23, 2023 includes courtesy calls on the offices of partnering institutions/agencies, namely, Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU), Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya (PGNV), and the municipal governments of Kasibu and Dupax Del Norte.

This is in relation to the proposed collaborative project, entitled “Assessment and Conservation of Roosting Areas of Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus) in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines”, and the dwindling population of endemic and migratory birds issue at large.

Also part of their activities are the conduct of “birding” or ocular reconnaissance of various migratory bird species reportedly sighted at the Lower Magat Ecotourism Park in Diadi, and a meeting-cum-orientation of Kasibu’s municipal and barangay tourism personnel and members of the Capisaan Cave Tour Guides Association (CCTGA) on the Raptor Monitoring Program and salient points of the said wildlife project.

Pursuant to their NGO’s advocacy and programs, President Tiongco and Director Cervero said that they are in close coordination with their partners abroad, mainly from Taiwan and Japan, and continuously establishing and strengthening connections with LGUs across the country as well.

The Province is next in the partnership agenda, which will be formalized through the forging of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the NVSU and PGNV as proposed co-signatories of the RNP and JSPB.

As MOU signatories, the new local partners will have the privilege to also join in the international groups’ next Summit set to be held in March next year in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan. “This knowledge exchange activity will be benefitting the country because of its potential trigger or offshoot effects on its ecosystems, tourism industry, agriculture and business sectors, and other domains”, the two top RNP executives added.

They also discussed with Governor Carlos M. Padilla and other officials of the province and component LGUs certain support mechanisms, such as reforestation and related environmental programs and projects, executive and legislative issuances, and IEC strategies geared towards creating broader awareness and eliciting more active stakeholders’ participation in the international network’s advocacy. #jlc#cqc#avf

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