The Pasig River Ferry service was temporarily suspended after pontoons in five stations were wrecked thanks to typhoon “Ulysses.”
According to the Metro Manila Development Authority, the pontoons serve as docking platforms for ferry boats.
Pontoons were damaged in the following stations: Guadalupe, Hulo, Valenzuela, Pinagbuhatan and San Joaquin.
Last month, the ferry started back up again with limited capacity and adherence to minimum health standards, after water hyacinths that blocked the route were cleared away.
The route, which runs along Pinagbuhata, Guadalupe and Escolta six days a week, have operational ferry stations at Guadalupe, Hulo, Valenzuela, Sta. Ana, Lawton, Escolta, San Joaquin and Pinagbuhatan.
Sarangani forest urged as “critical habitat” for PH eagles
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is pushing to declare Dakeol Forest in Sarangani province as a “critical habitat”, as more endangered Philippine eagles have been found to thrive in the area.
A juvenile eagle was also spotted at Sitio Angko in the town of Maitum, believed to be the offspring of Sarangani Pride, a rescued eagle who was released a few years back. The City Environment and Natural Environment Resources Office (Cenro), Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) and the Maitum local government also visited the area to search for eagle nesting sites.
PEF recommended attaching a monitoring device to the juvenile eagle in order to locate their population easily; two more eagles were also identified during the groups’ recent visit.
Dakeol Forest is not only home to the Philippine eagle—of which there are about 400 pairs left in the wild—but also to another animal with a decreasing population, the Philippine serpent eagle. The estimated population of Philippine eagles warrants it a spot on the “critically endangered” list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
In light of this, the DENR and PEF will be working on conservation activities for both eagle species. Said PEF’s research and conservation director Jayson Ibañez: “[The eagle] plays an important role in keeping the ecosystem in balance and provides an umbrella of protection to all other life forms in its territory.”
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