PGPC holds 'Fun Run for the Sea Turtles 2015'

TIWI, Albay, Oct. 26 (PNA) -- In celebration of the 52nd Fish Conservation Week, the Philippine Geothermal Production Co. (PGPC) and the Local Government Unit of Tiwi (LGU-Tiwi) jointly conducted a fun run here on Saturday.

The FishCon Week had its theme, "Pinatatag na Batas Pangisdaan, Hakbang sa Pagkamit ng mas Masayang Karagatan."

In partnership with the Environmental Conservation Sustaining Tiwi's Agri-Aqua Resources (ECOSTAR), National Power Corp., Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Tiwi Asenso, Albay Blue Lane, Ascode Foundation Inc. and other partners, a Run for the Sea Turtles campaign was held at the Coastal and Fisheries Learning Resources Center (CFLRC) of Barangay Baybay here.

The event started with a zumba.

Participants from different barangays of Tiwi joined the fun run.

"The aim of this fun run is to show our direction towards the continuous preservation and protection of these sea turtles," Vargas said.

Winners in the event received cash prizes varying from Php3,000, Php 5,000 to Php10,000.

After the event, two sea turtles were released back to the sea off Lagonoy Gulf.

The sea turtles were caught by fishermen last Oct. 21 and 22 along the shore of Lagonoy and were then turned over to the CFLRC for tagging, as a sign that they are endangered and should be protected by every fisherfolk."Once you see a sea turtle and you by chance catch it, you must turn it over to the proper authority for tagging and releasing back to the sea," Leonila V. Coralde, municipal agriculturist of Tiwi, reminded the residents. (PNA) CTB/FGS/JB/CBD/EDS