Local Conservation Area to be established for endangered birds to boost Tourism and Environmental Protection in Negros Oriental.
Governor Roel Ragay Degamo of Negros Oriental urges the different officers of the Provincial Tourism Office, Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Joint Task Force Leon Kilat (JTFLK) and Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI) representative to tackle the different ideas of protecting the endangered birds here in Negros Oriental.
Local Conservation Area
Last year, Negros Oriental joined the celebration of the 11th Philippine Bird Festival in Bacolod City where the Visayan Tarictic Hornbill (picture is shown below left) was made the icon logo of Negros Oriental. After the collaboration at the festival, Governor Roel Degamo has decided to create an establishment to protect and Visayan Tarictic Hornbill and other endangered birds in the region.
Birds of Negros Oriental
There are many birds that can only be found in Negros Oriental and some other parts of the Philippines. One of these includes the endemic Visayan Tarictic Hornbill, a species that can only be found in Negros Oriental and Panay Islands. Other birds such as the endangered Flame-Templed Blabber (above center), the vulnerable Grey-Breasted Brown Dove and the Visayan Flower Pecker (above left) and the nearly threatened White-Winged Cuckooshrike are also some of the birds that can only be found in some regions of the Negros-Panay and Masbate islands.
Some of the areas that have been labeled as a Local Conservation Area includes the forestry near Twin Lakes Danao-Balinsasayao and the Mt. Guinsayawan, part of the famous Mt. Talinis Range. Possible protected LCA includes the mountains and forestry of some municipalities of Negros Oriental namely: Ayungon, Bindoy, Tayasan, Manjuyod, Jimalalud and La Libertad.