Filinvest adopts a PH Eagle
June 21, 2022 at 10:52 am, No commentsDavao City - The Filinvest Group, through its subsidiary FDC Utilities, Inc. (FDCUI), strengthens its commitment to environmental stewardship by supporting the protection and preservation of the Philippine Eagle.
FDCUI, the utility arm of the conglomerate, entered a five-year contract with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) to formally adopt Philippine Eagle PE-A-84-WM022.
"We are one with the Philippine Eagle Foundation in its mission to accelerate the captive breeding program of the Philippine Eagle to protect the species. The resources we extend to the foundation enable PEF to pursue its conservation efforts sustainably, said FDCUI President & CEO Juan Eugenio L. Roxas.
Under the partnership, FDCUI commits to provide financial resources to cover food needs and veterinary care of the adopted Philippine Eagle, which the company renamed Dagitab.
Dagitab means ‘light’ symbolizing the company’s business of bringing electricity to communities and consistent with Filinvest's vision to spur development in its every initiative.
PEF rescued Dagitab from Lagonlong, Misamis Oriental, in 1984 and underwent rehabilitation at the Philippine Eagle Center from a gunshot injury. Coincidentally, FDCUI’s flagship project is located in the Misamis Oriental – the FDC Misamis 405-MW Thermal Power Plant.
While in captivity, Dagitab found his life mate, Elisa. In the span of two decades, they have been the most prolific natural pair producing 10 offspring. Dagitab sired Sambisig, one of the two Philippine Eagles sent to Singapore for the first international breeding loan program for the species back in 2019.
In the recent breeding season, PEF attempted to pair Dagitab with a younger mate in the hopes that he could produce more eagles as Elisa is beyond her reproductive age. But such did not progress, and Dagitab will soon reunite with Elisa for companionship, which will help improve the well-being of both birds.
Filinvest’s support of the foundation extends beyond the adoption of the bird. FDCUI also provides annual funding to other initiatives, such as PEF’s online information campaigns and events during the celebration of Philippine Eagle Week.
Philippine Eagle Foundation Executive Director Dennis I. Salvador said, “we appreciate FDCUI's partnership in support of our conservation mission. More importantly, we value their efforts at offsetting the company's carbon footprint and ventures into renewable energy resources. We also look forward to working with their staff volunteers in shaping our common future."
FDCUI aims to pursue other conservation initiatives with the foundation continuously.
Roxas then capped, “our partnership with the foundation does not end here. We hope to explore other projects where we can utilize the expertise of both organizations to ensure the survival of the next generation.” (PR)