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“Saving Eagles, Protecting Forests, Securing Our Future”

In 1992, the Foundation successfully produced the first two Philippine Eagles bred and hatched in captivity. The birth of Pag-asa (Hope) and Pagkakaisa (Unity) caught the world’s attention and eventually led to the subsequent outpouring of public support and sympathy that helped revitalize the effort to save the species. Pag-asa, which means ‘Hope’, is the first captive- bred eagle and represents our people’s aspirations for the species.

The Foundation takes a comprehensive approach to conservation, engaging in research, community-based efforts for on- site protection, and public education to save the Great Philippine Eagle and its habitat.

Latest news

PEF wins the eduardo aboitiz award for outstanding institution

The Ramon Aboitiz foundation, Inc. named the Philippine Eagle Foundation as winner of the prestigious Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution during the RAFI Triennial Awards held at Cebu City last August 31, 2018. This award seeks to recognize and honor exemplary institutions that has made an impact to our society and whose initiatives increased the quality of life of different people and communities.

“Our organization has been around for 31 years now and this great honor inspires all of us at the Philippine Eagle Foundation to move forward and do more for the species and the country.” said Director for Research and Conservation Dr. Jayson Ibanez, during his speech.

Eagle Research

A new Philippine Eagle was discovered in August. An eaglet was found inside the Mt. Apo Natural Park during the PEF’s area assessment of its flora and fauna. Soon after, another team was deployed to search for the adult pair and the nesting site. They were unable to find a nest but the team spotted one adult Philippine Eagle in the area. Constant monitoring and tracking of the Philippine Eagles in the wild continue to pay off as we see eaglets grow and fly off on their own. Recent eagle monitoring activities show that eaglets of three observed pairs in different parts of Mindanao are already actively flying out of their nests to hunt.

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onservation

Our partner Bagobo Tagabawa and Bagobo Klata communities secured another victory as the Public Declaration of their ancestral land inside the Mt. Apo Natural Park as ICCAs (Indigenous and Community- Conserved Areas) was completed last month. This gives them the autonomy to protect and manage their land and the keystone species both flora and fauna living in it according to their culture and community rules. We have also deployed additional 51 Forest Guards from these communities. The new Forest Guards were trained and given new patrol gears. While the Davao City Bantay Bukid now has around 200 forest guards that watch over 20,000 ha of forests at Mt. Apo every month.

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Forest Restoration

Efforts in forest restoration continue with our funding partners the Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and Forest Foundation Philippines (FFP). We are providing forest rehabilitation services to ALI for 6 hectares of pre-identified restoration area within its 54-hectare property in Barangay Talomo, Davao City. The goal of this project called “ALI Carbon Forest” is carbon stocking. To date we have completed the baseline assessments on the number and variety of birds and trees in the area as well as secure 8,000 seedlings that are being conditioned in a nursery. This was done through the help of over 300 volunteers that we have engaged during the course of the project. There are 10,000 more seedlings for collection and planting.

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In Davao Oriental our project Caring for Banwa: Indigenous Community-based Conservation of Environmentally Critical Areas in Eastern Mindanao, Philippines, funded by the FFP is ongoing. Currently, we are cleaning and replanting reforestation sites within Mandaya ancestral domains with agroforest incentives given to the farmers.

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Read more about the Philippine Eagle Foundation on their website