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Mindanao Newsbits for February 20, 2014

Migratory Birds

Davao City – Region 11 office of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR-11) has recorded about 13,047 migratory birds this year. The recording of migratory birds is in line with the annual Asian Waterfowl Census (AWC) with the objective of attaining information on the population of migratory birds in wetlands of the region. For this year, the PAWB-DENR-11 said the migratory birds they counted include the Little Egret, the Black-winged Stilt, Whimbrel, and the Common Tern. The agency added that it was able to count 4,699 migratory birds in Malalag, Davao del Sur, 4,848 in Carmen, Davao del Norte, and about 3,500 in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental. These areas in Davao Region are the only identified temporary habitats of migratory birds during the month of January after crossing the continents. A total of 13,404 species of migratory birds were recorded by the PAWB-DENR-11 last year in the same areas. It is a census of migratory birds that started in 1987 in the Indian sub-continent but nowadays has spread rapidly that already covered about 32 countries, including the Philippines. (Alexander Lopez)

Wildlife Watch

Butuan City – A bulk of wildlife fauna of exotic species loaded in a Toyota Hi-Ace were seized around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday while it was about to be loaded into a ferry boat in Surigao City – apparently en route to Tacloban City from General Santos City, authorities said here Tuesday. The seized wildlife include four heads of yellow crested cockatoo, two heads of black palm cockatoo, one head of the black caique, 56 heads of the violet neck ivory, 29 heads at the Amazon lorry, four heads of kangaroo (wallaby), three heads of ant eaters, one head of caigue, and one Amazon lorry. (Mike Crismundo)

‘Zero Death Rate’

Kidapawan City – This city registered a zero-maternal death in 2013, reports from the Department of Health said. The City Health Office (CHO) has cited the strengthened campaign on handling pregnancy-related cases for its zero maternal deaths in the city. Earlier, City Mayor Joseph Evangelista ordered the CHO to focus its efforts on health and nutrition of pregnant mothers in this city. Evangelista said delivery of health services, especially to the poor residents, is one of his three major programs, while the other two are public safety and support to education. (Malu Cadelina Manar)

Climate Adoption

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – At least 44 representatives from the local government units (LGUs) of Lanao del Norte, Iligan City, Sapad, Lala, and Kapatagan attended the recent two-day workshop on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction at a hotel, here. The capacity-strengthening seminar was held in an effort to expose LGU officials and disaster management councils to the destructive impact of global warming, and the ways to mitigate these negative effects to lessen damage to properties and loss of life. During the training, four pilot villages were identified for the implementation of the lessons learned. They are the villages of Poblacion in Sapad, Lapinig in Kapatagan, Maranding of Lala, and Santiago in Iligan City. (Camcer Ordoñez Imam)

‘Silent Killer’

Kidapawan City – Authorities arrested in a village in Matalam, North Cotabato the 26-year-old deaf-mute for his alleged involvement in the killing on Tuesday of a six-year-old girl. Chief Inspector Elias Colonia, Matalam municipal police station chief, identified the suspect as Marcelino Ordonez, of Barangay Sta. Maria, Matalam. Witnesses said the suspect stabbed several times his victim, a Grade 1 pupil, before drowning her to death in a river at Purok Pagkakaisa in Barangay Sta. Maria. Colonia said the victim’s body will be subjected to a post-mortem examination to determine if the girl was raped before she was murdered. (Malu Cadelina Manar)