Fifteen Japanese nationals who are members of the Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network (ARRCN) headed by its President Dr. Toru Yamazaki and the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) with its Head Atty. Alex M. Tiongco graced the “Sagip Sawi” Festival held last 19 March 2017 at the Cagayan State University-Sanchez Mira Campus.
The said activity is in line with the existing Wildlife Act of the Philippines as contained in Republic Act 9147 that strengthens the preservation and conservation of the greyfaced buzzards.
Highlighting the event was a program that featured topics relative to the greyfaced buzzards as well as the awarding of prizes to the winners in various events conducted and turning over of donations.
In her welcome remarks, the Campus Executive Officer Dr. Narcitas B. Ouano acknowledged the efforts and the deep concern of the group for nature especially to these types of birds. She especially thanked them for having considered CSU-Sanchez Mira as an instrumentality in the pursuit of the undertaking.
Also, in attendance to the program are the some officials of the Local Government Unit of Sanchez Mira headed by the Local Chief Executive, the Hon. Asela B. Sacramed who also delivered her welcome discourse.
As part of the Information Campaign of the group, the topic on migration of the greyfaced buzzard and its conservation was discussed by Mr. Katsumori Kugai of ARRCN and the topic on the conservation activity on greyfaced buzzard at Satayoma Habitats in Central Japan was elaborated by Mr. Jun Endo of the WBCP, respectively.
Mr. Alexander Murofushi Ryoh, the representative of Japan Society for the preservation of birds turned over some units of binoculars for the cause of raptorwatch.
Prior to the program, contests on Photoshooting, essay writing and poster-making were conducted and prizes were awarded to the winners to culminate the affair. Other activities included the visit to the raptorwatch sites and the visit to the Aeta Village at Sitio Pureg in Callunga, Sanchez Mira, bird watching with local guides and ex-poachers.
The group stayed in CSU’s Old Site in Sitio Nagbaranganan for the birdwatching.