Monday, October 22, 2012

Globe partners with the Philippine Eagle Foundation in saving the Philippine Eagle

Globe Telecom recently joined the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) in its efforts to save the endangered Philippine Eagle. Through its, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm Globe Bridging Communities, the telecommunications company partnered with PEF on its forest corridor development program in Arkan, one of the eagle's natural habitats.

“Globe is committed to the protection, preservation, and conservation of our environment.  That is why we conduct the annual Globe Cordillera Challenge to help preserve the Cordillera mountain ecosystem as well as the Globe Adventure Taal for Clean Water, a drive to save Taal Lake from water pollution.  We continue to look for similar environmentally critical areas to support and found it in Arakan, the home of the Philippine Eagle, ” said Globe CSR Head Rob Nazal.

Meanwhile, PEF Executive Director Dennis Salvador said: “PEF firmly believes that the fate of our vanishing Philippine Eagle, the health of our environment, and the quality of Philippine life are inextricably linked.  We are, therefore, committed to promote the survival of the Philippine Eagle, the biodiversity it represents, and the sustainable use of our forest resources for future generations to enjoy.” 

Through its forest corridor program, PEF aims to reestablish forests between the mountains of Mahuson, Sinaka, and Kabalintiian-Binoongan-Kulaman (KABIKU), rehabilitate degraded lands close to habitats of threatened wildlife and critical watersheds, provide incentives to both indigenous and non-indigenous community partners, and participate in carbon markets to generate supplementary income for upland communities who restore degraded habitats.

Sinaka and Mahuson are where two wild pairs of Philippine eagles have been breeding at lease since 1992. 

Likewise, Sinaka is regarded as one of the world’s important bird areas due to the relatively high proportion of unique threatened birds it contains.  Mahuson also has a unique mammalian assemblage as exemplified by the existence of the Philippine large-headed fruit bat.

On top of Globe's donation P400,000 to PEF, the company has also recently held the Globe Arakan XC (cross-country), a 55-kilometer biking event for the benefit of PEF


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