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CENRO Urges Public Not to Capture Marine Turtles

VIRAC, Catanduanes, August 24 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Community Environment and Natural Resource Office (CENRO) is asking the public not to capture marine turtles (pawikan) released to the sea by neighboring countries.


According to CENRO OIC Officer Luvimindo F. Chioco, our partners in Saipan had installed satellite transmitter on the back of three (3) green sea turtles last summer and released them to the ocean.

Based from the satellite tracking, one of the turtles named Kumiko was said to have been detected between Catanduanes and Guinahoan or Refugio island north of Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

There is a possibility that the turtle will also reach south Catanduanes waters. CENRO moreover advised the public especially those living in coastal communities not to capture the said turtles if ever they encounter such animal.

The turtles have transmitter on their back. It is advised that it would be better to just leave the sea turtle swim freely…

The Case for PAGASA's Doppler Radars

To get a better view of the storms approaching the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is looking to several more doppler radars across the country —on top of the three operational ones it is currently using for weather forecasting.

In a phone interview with GMA News Online, PAGASA's engineering and technology services division OIC Engr. Edwin Mandreza said the deployment of the radars in Antique, Busuanga and Zamboanga are currently in the planning stages.

On the other hand, two radars in Virac, Catanduanes and Tagaytay City, Cavite, are currently under construction, and will be finished before the year ends, Mandreza said.

Meanwhile, the doppler radar in Mactan, Cebu, will begin construction after the Tagaytay radar becomes operational by the end of 2011, while the radar in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur is still being calibrated, he added.

A new doppler radar in Tampakan, South Cotabato, on the other hand, is set to …