MBCFI Unveils Newly Recorded Mindoro Faunal Species and Related Technical Reports

POSTED: Monday, February 9th, 2015

 

Quezon City, Philippines – The Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (MBCFI) successfully launched last Thursday afternoon, January 22, 2014, 18 newly recorded Mindoro faunal species at the scenic amphitheater of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center.

     In a program permeated with ritual and music, the MBCFI also officially turned over nine related technical reports to its partners, and renewed its Memorandum of Agreement with Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEX), operator of the Malampaya Natural Gas Project.

The new faunal species included 11 species of birds: Asian Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus saturatus), Barred Rail (Gallirallus torquatus), Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum), Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Mantanani Scops Owl (Otus mantananensis), Green-faced Parrotfinch (Erythrura viridifacies), Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi), Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus); 3 bat species: Mindoro stripe-faced fruitbat (Styloctenium mindorensis), Hairy-winged bat (Harpiocephalus harpia), Orange-fingered Myotis (Myotis rufopictus); 3 species of fish: Broadhead Sleeper Goby “Urabog” (Eleotris malanosoma), Goby “Bukatot” (Stenogobius opthalmoporus), Ragged-tail Pipefish  “Kabayo” (Lophocampus retzii); and 1 snake species: Banded File Snake (Acrochordus granulatus).

     The survey of the MBCFI also yielded two new records for the Philippines, the migratory Asian paradise flycatcher and the Black bulbul, which have been recorded in the Apo Reef Natural Park in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

       The Philippine endemic Green-faced parrot finch was only known to occur in mainland Luzon and Negros Island before its discovery in Mount Siburanin Sablayan town, Occidental Mindoro province in July 2013.

     Another Philippine endemic, the Orange-fingered myotis, formerly known to occur only in Luzon mainland, Palawan, Sibuyan and Negros, was recorded in Naujan Lake National Park in Oriental Mindoro province.

On hand to grace the occasion was Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Director of Region IV-B MIMAROPA Oscar C. Dominguez who gave the Welcome Remarks. MBCFI Executive Director Grace C. Diamante then narrated an Audio-Visual Presentation on MBCFI’s achievements in the field of biodiversity research and conservation. Afterwards, the MBCFI Board of Trustees led by its chairman, Facundo S. Roco, and its president, Dr. Leticia E. Afuang, turned over the technical reports to Governor Gene J. Mendiola of Occidental Mindoro, Congressman Reynaldo V. Umali of the 2nd District of Oriental Mindoro, SPEX Managing Director Sebastian C. Quiniones Jr., Florence Bawla who represented Godofredo Villapando Jr, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE), and DENR Assistant Secretary Marcial Amaro, Jr., who delivered the Key Message.

The acceptance messages of MBCFI’s partners were followed by the signing of a new Memorandum of Agreement between SPEX and MBCFI. SPEX was represented by Managing Director Quiniones and Finance Director Jose Jerome R. Pascual III while Chairman Roco signed for MBCFI. Assistant Secretary Amaro and Dr. Afuang, who would give the closing remarks, witnessed the MOA signing.

The technical reports, which were presented to MBCFI’s partners in native baskets, included the following:

  1. Mt. Halcon Management Plan
  2. Naujan Lake National Park Site Assessment and Profile Updating
  3. Apo Reef Natural Park Rapid Site Assessment
  4. Apo Reef Natural Park Ecotourism Management Plan 2015-2020
  5. Mt. Calavite Wildlife Sanctuary Rapid Site Assessment
  6. Conservation Needs Assessment – Physical Profile
  7. MBCFI Program Thrusts 2010-2020
  8. Spatial Analysis of Biophysical and Socio-Economic Variables in Support of Decision-Making on Conservation and Development Issues: A Case Study of Mindoro Island
  9. Island-wide Survey of Fauna & Flora and Field Inventory of Selected Sites for Priority Conservation

These technical reports documented MBCFI and its partners’ past, present, and future projects and served as a testament to the long-term commitment of MBCFI and its partners to conserve Mindoro’s environment, biodiversity, and natural resources for the benefit and wonder of future generations.

Such a sacred task was embodied in the program by different aspects of our culture which, like a thread, wove in and out of the proceedings. Bong Dela Torre, as the program’s babaylan, set the mood by lighting candles inside brown paper bags from the registration area down to the stage where he handed stones collected from different parts of the country to the Master of Ceremonies, Miss Earth-Philippines 2006/news anchor/environmentalist Catherine Untalan-Vital. Dela Torre also performed the Prayer Hymn as Dasal-Tula, Basbas-Sayaw and expressed everyone’s commitment to the environment with his Panata sa Kalikasan, Panata sa Sambayanan. Before the unveiling of the New Faunal Species Photo Exhibit and the Technical Reports Display, Denise Melanie Lagrosa – who led the national anthem – sang the haunting and apt environmental song “Ako At Daigdig Ay Iisa” which she co-wrote with Jeanie Lynne Tolentino. The University of the Philippines’ Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino or Kontra-GaPi infused the event with their ethnic music from the solemn beginning to the celebratory ending when all the guests were invited to come up the stage and view the exhibit/display and dance to Kontra-GaPi’s rhythmic music.

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