Olive ridley hatchlings released in Panay

Olive ridley hatchlings were released to their natural habitat in Panay Capiz. (DENR-PENRO Capiz)

Local folks in the coastal barangay of Navitas in Panay, Capiz province recently witnessed the release of 106 Olive ridley (Lepidochelysolivacea) sea turtle hatchlings.

Last Dec 7, 2021 at 3:30 am, Hardeliza Besa, a resident in Brgy. Navitas spotted a sea turtle laying eggs in the seashore. She then informed Brgy. Captain Vicente Regalado about her discovery around two hours later.

Regalado immediately informed Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-PENRO) Capiz Conservation and Development Section (CDS) Chief Forester Nonilon S. Molina and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Panay.

Molina instructed PENRO Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation (PAMBCU) Chief Erwin Ci-o, who immediately proceeded to the area together with MENRO Staff and asssessed the situation.

Ci-o decided to transfer the eggs cautiously some ten 10 meters away from the water and cordoned it with a fish net for protection. From then on, Ci-o and his staff monitored the area to ensure the protection of the eggs.

On February 7, 2022, at around 3 a.m., the hatchlings crawled out of their shells. A total of 106 hatchlings out of 127 eggs were released to their natural habitat 1pm of the same day.

DENR PENRO Capiz spearheaded the release of the hatchlings in the shores of Brgy. Navitas in Panay, Capiz.

Present during the release were CDS Chief Forester Nonilon S. Molina who conducted a brief orientation, PAMBCU Chief Erwin Ci-o, CaPENRO Acting Head Atty. Emilyn Arboleda-Depon, Navitas Brgy. Captain Vicente Regalado with his Brgy.Council members, Mrs. Hardeliza Besa, MENRO Panay Staff Emmanuel Dulla, and LGU Panay Tourism representative.

Panay is one of the sixteen municipalities in the province of Capiz, and it lies along the coastal areas of Northern Panay Island. The presence of the turtle hatchlings were deemed a blessing by the locals in the area. (DENR RSCIG 6/PENRO Capiz-Public Affairs Unit)