79 Pawikan hatchlings released in Davao Gulf

Bonna Pamplona, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 12 2018 12:46 PM | Updated as of Jun 12 2018 06:39 PM

Children release day-old olive ridley sea turtle hatchlings into the sea in a sea turtle nesting area in Punta Dumalag, Davao City on Monday. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

DAVAO CITY – Seventy-nine Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings were released in Davao Gulf in Punta Dumalag, Barangay Matina Aplaya on Monday afternoon.

Residents and fishermen found the eggs last April 10 in Purok 25, Times Beach, Barangay 76-A, Bucana and were brought to the Cleanergy Park marine protected area, where it was nurtured for two months before its release.

According to Fermin Edillon, Community Relations Manager of Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC), such species are considered endangered. They are seeking help from nearby residents especially those who are living along the coastal area to help save and protect the turtles.

He added that once the turtle hatchlings are released, only one percent is likely to survive.

"All of them, marine turtles, are considered endangered and only one out of 1,000 will survive, so kailangan natin pangalagaan ang karagatan (we have to take care of the ocean)," said Edillon.

This was the second nest of Olive Ridley turtles found in the same area this year.

Since 2014, around 5,500 sea turtles have been released by Cleanergy Park, an 8-hectare outdoor biodiversity park jointly managed by the Aboitiz Foundation and DLPC.