KATIMPUYOG Zambales Inc.

KATIMPUYOG ZAMBALES INC. (KZ) promotes ecologically sustainable economic development ad dynamic community participation in local governance through continuing education capacity-building, participatory program planning and implementation, social mobilization and policy advocacy KaTIMPUYOG Zambales Inc. envisions a progressive Zambales where all sectors in the community actively cooperate to protect and sustain its clean and rich natural environment for the people’s equitible enjoyment and benefit now and in the future.

KaTIMPUYOG Zambales Inc. together with volunteer fisherfolks or La Paz Rangers organized Pawicare San Narcisco, a pawikan protection and conservation program with the supervision of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Olongapo, and with the barangay and municipal local government dynamic partners. This pawikan conservation program in Zambales, is one of the vital collective contribution to the survival of the pawikans in our part of the world.

Pawicare Hatchery

A hatchery is a temporary place for the breeding of the turtles. Here, turtles are protected until they are hatched.

In 2013, Pawicare Hatchery set up and started the operations of the pawikan hatchery at Purok 5 in Barangay La Paz, San Narciso. It makes sure that the pawikans lay their eggs unharmed, and these eggs are protected and cared for until they hatch and start a new generation of sea turtles. They are then released back to the sea. The first nesting season was last October 10, 2013. Mother pawikan of the Oliver Ridley variety laid 85 eggs. Since then, fifty-four others have come until the end of the nesting last January. Sea turtle eggs hatch some 45-60 days after they are held. The first 75 hatchlings emerged from the nest of 85 eggs on November 28, 2013.

As of today, a total of 4,983 pawikan eggs have been taken care of by the rangers, hatched and have gone back to their home- the majestic sea. Pawicare San Narciso is very grateful to all the enthusiastic Zambalenos and guests who came to visit the hatchery every season, especially those who gave support to ensure more pawikan have the chance to live and come to nest in our shores in the future.

There are only 3 pawikan conservation places in the whole coast of the West Philippine Sea and among these conservation places Pawicare Hatchery is the least developed and least popular. Also, by having a town that all works together for the pawikan conservation is something unique and a great role model for other towns.

PAWIKAN RANGERS

Jun Foronda

Elmer P. Quiman

Marlon Tadeo

Jan Lexan Alqueza

Ralph Abuyo

Sancho D. Niedo

Darwin  R. Gruspe

Adonis F. Abad

Manolito C. Atejera

Lalaine A. Riman

Relly A. Belecina

Arnel A. Riman

Allen D. Castillo

COPYRIGHT | YAMAN PAWIKAN | 2017