DAVAO CITY- Aboitiz-led firm Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) has released total of 238 pawikan hatchlings at the Cleanergy Park in Sitio Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya last month.
Last April 3, 92 pawikan hatchlings were released out to the sea. The next day, 10 more hatchlings were released after being found trapped in the nest. These hatchlings came from pawikan nest number 1, which was found laid at the Cleanergy Park last February 3.
On April 18, another set of pawikan eggs were hatched. The hatchlings came out from nest number 2 discovered at the park last February 19. A total of 94 hatchlings were found and released the same day. The following day, 42 additional hatchlings were released. These were also found trapped inside the nest.
The releasing of the second batch of pawikan hatchlings that happened during Maundy Thursday was attended by around 200 visitors. More pawikan visits are expected in the remaining months of the year.
Davao Light Director and President and COO Rodger S. Velasco urged employees and volunteers to double conservation efforts in preventing the trash from reaching the ocean especially that sea turtles and other marine creatures mistake plastics and other garbage as food.
“In this way, we are not just helping save the pawikans but we are also helping sustain the environment. Thus, advancing business and communities,” Velasco said.
Cleanergy Park is a project of Davao Light and Power Co., an AboitizPower subsidiary, in partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation. It is a biodiversity park that is aimed to help preserve the pawikan nesting grounds, be a home of many thriving bird species and help maintain ecological balance for other sea and land creatures.