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Pangolin found in Ayala Alabang to return home in Palawan
Aileen Cerrudo • August 19, 2021 • 495
The pangolin that was found in Barangay Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa will soon be homeward bound to its natural habitat in Palawan.
Last Monday (August 16), a resident turned over a Philippine pangolin to the National Wildlife Rescue and Research Center (NWRRC) after finding it in their backyard. Rescuers immediately responded and took custody of the pangolin which was named ‘Pandi’.
According to the NWRRC, Pandi has minor cuts around his body but his health is in stable condition.
“Bukod doon sa mga minor scratch niya wala pa namang alarming na sign na medyo kailangan naming bantayan ng sobra, (Aside from minor scratches [Pandi] does not have any alarming signs that would need our utmost attention),” according to NWRRC chief and in-house veterinarian Dr. Glenn Maguad.
Pandi is now scheduled to return to Palawan, however, no date has been set yet.
Pangolins are considered a critically endangered species and the most traffic wildlife. Pangolins are being traded primarily as ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine.
Maguad said pangolins are considered gardeners of the forest because they like to dig rotten trees for termites. They contribute to the ecosystem through soil conditioning. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) assisted in the rescue of 50 residents in El Nido, Palawan amid flooding.
Barangay Manlag, El Nido, Palawan was submerged in floodwater, following torrential rainfall that started at around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday (July 15). The PCG rescued a total of 50 residents, including two infants.
PCG District Palawan Commander, Commodore Genito Basilio said he immediately deployed personnel and assets to assist the local government units of El Nido and other concerned government agencies in ensuring the safety of affected residents.
“Despite our pressing mandate and firm commitment to ensure maritime security and maritime safety in the West Philippine Sea and the Kalayaan Island Group, rest assured the PCG District Palawan and Coast Guard vessels under the Task Force Pagsasanay will always be there to render humanitarian assistance to the people of Palawan,” he said.
The PCG also dispatched personnel to assist rescue and evacuation efforts in Barangay Pasadeña, Barangay Barotuan, and Barangay Libertad. It also assisted a motorbanca who experienced engine trouble during the heavy rainfall.
As of July 16, majority of the rescued residents were able to return to their homes after floodwater subsided in El Nido. AAC
A boat loaded with sacks of ammonium nitrate and boxes of smuggled cigarettes was seized in the vicinity waters off Malampaya Gas Platform in Palawan, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
The PCG said the BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409) intercepted the boat carrying a total of 25 sacks of ammonium nitrate and four styro boxes of smuggled cigarettes during a hot pursuit on July 4.
While the PCG and BFAR were advising other small motorized vessels to return to El Nido Port or their respective residences due to the bad weather in the area, BRP Cabra spotted a boat identified as M/B Escario Express A proceeding towards the waters off Malampaya Gas Platform.
“As the Coast Guard approached the boat, it was found to be more suspicious that it might be carrying contrabands as it started to speed up and immediately fled the area,” the PCG said.
“After the hot pursuit that lasted for more than 25 minutes, subject motorbanca was finally intercepted by the Coast Guard authorities,” it added.