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Off to a great start: Davao Light released three batches of pawikan hatchlings for the year

The year 2021 started in a very favorable way after three batches of pawikan eggs were hatched in the first quarter of the year.

A total of 334 newly-hatched sea turtles made their way to the sea from the shoreline of the outdoor biodiversity park, popularly known as the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park at Sitio Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, Davao City.

The first batch has a total of 128 pawikan hatchlings. The release was led by Davao Light President and COO Rodger Velasco last January 20.

A few weeks after, on February 5, Davao Light released another batch with 92 baby pawikans. Davao City 2nd District Councilor Diosdado Angelo R. Mahipus, Jr., who chairs the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, and the new Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) XI Regional Executive Director, Bagani Fidel Evasco were present to witness the event.

Three batches of pawikan hatchlings released at the Cleanergy Park for the year 2021. Davao Light, as part of its corporate social responsibility program, releases three batches of pawikan hatchlings at the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park. Since 2014, Davao Light has already released a total of 5,145 hatchlings and is expecting more pawikan visits in the park.

Lastly, the third nest with 107 pawikan hatchlings was released last February 23. Seven (7) additional pawikan eggs hatched from the same nest and were released last March 6. This makes a total of 5,145 hatchlings released at the park since 2014.

All these pawikan nests were found in the last quarter of the previous year.

The Aboitiz Cleanergy Park is an eight-hectare ecological preserve which is managed by Davao Light, an AboitizPower subsidiary. It aims to preserve the pawikan nesting grounds, be a home of many thriving bird species and help maintain ecological balance for other sea and land creatures.

Davao Light also supports the government’s campaign against the use of single-use plastics to help in the pawikan conservation.

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