87IB hands over a
Philippine hawk eagle to DENR
By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 15, 2014
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – The 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion, Philippine
Army handed over to DENR Samar a captured Philippine Hawk Eagle in a
ceremony held at 87IB Headquarters, Brgy Polangi, Calbiga, Samar.
The captured Philippine Hawk
Eagle was formally handed over by Maj Gen Jet B Velarmino, Commander
of the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division and Lt Col Antonio B.
Dulnuan, Commanding Officer of 87IB to Mr. Danilo A Javier, DENR
Regional Technical Director, Protected Area, Wildlife and Coastal Zone
Management Service based at Tacloban City.
The Philippine Hawk Eagle
estimated to be five months old when found by the troops conducting
assessment at the hinterlands of Pinabacdao-Sta Rita, Samar area on
the effects of the super typhoon Yolanda after it struck the country
on November 8, 2013.
The troops named the bird “MURAYAW”,
a Waray-Waray word which means “Peace” and nursed its leg wounds for
four (4) months. After the bird regained its strength, Lt Col. Dulnuan
directed his troops to contact DENR and arranged for the bird’s turn
over for its eventual return to the wild where it belongs.
Maj Gen Jet B. Velarmino AFP,
the Commander of the 8th Infantry Division said: “While our primary
mandate is to protect the people from threat groups, we are fully
aware of the national government on its environmental conservation
programs and as such, we always provide necessary assistance to DENR.
The handing over of the Philippine Hawk Eagle to DENR that was nursed
by the 87IB for four (4) months is a manifestation of our support to
the environment conservation program of the government.”
“The people in Eastern
Visayas can rest assured that your Army in this part of the country is
not only looking after the welfare and protection of the people from
the NPA rebels, but is also looking after the welfare and protection
of our environment, he added.”