Thursday, August 30, 2007
byWenna A. Berondo
Mayor says wildlife conservation and industrialization
A group of wildlife enthusiasts has offered
their expertise to help the city government preserve the
wetland portion of the South Road Properties, which has
already become a sanctuary to different kinds of migratory
The offer of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines was very
much welcomed by Mayor Tomas Osmeña, who said the
city would do its best to preserve the wetland even if economic
locators would occupy the 296-hectare facility in the future.
Philippine Ducks photographed at the SRP |
that one of hid greatest fears is that birds might
be driven away once the investors are already occupying
"We will try to keep where it is. We will set
aside something for birds even if we develop SRP for
the investors," Osmeña said.
"We are the only real estate development in the
country that attracted wildlife," something he
said he takes pride on.
"Ever since I'm a child, I have never seen a
wild duck in Cebu, not even in the province. Now it's
in the SRP," he said.
With this, he said that the city would be spending around
P 100 million to develop the wetland portion at Pond B by
deepening the excavation converting it into a small lake.
He said the city
would develop it in such a way that when it rains,
the water would be directed towards the excavation
so there would be water in the area throughout the
year for birds.
In fact, Osmeña said that he is planning to
go to Hong Kong to study how they attract wildlife
even if they are considered one of the most industrialized
countries in the world. "I think it is important
that we look at the models, otherwise we will just
be guessing," he said.
Officials of the WBCP yesterday paid the mayor a visit
at the City Hall to inform him on their preparations
for the celebration of the 3rd Philippine Bird Festival
on September 21-22 that would be hosted by Cebu City.
Pond B as seen from the main road
The city government is one of the sponsors of the festival
whichis aimed at promoting wildlife awareness, especially
Michael Lu, WBCP president, said they have chosen Cebu City
to host the 3rd Bird Festival because Cebu is home to several
endemic bird species, yet very few people know about them."
"We want to increase awareness of Cebuanos on birds,"