Valesco pushes for ecological protection to save ZC tarsiers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 16:48

Councilor Rogelio ‘Gerky’ Valesco is pushing for ecological legislative measures at the Sangguniang Panlungsod by authoring two resolutions that call for the protection of the tarsiers and its natural habitats in areas where tarsiers are found.

In yesterday’s regular session of the City Council, Valesco who visited La Paz over the weekend passed two resolutions —  one that prohibits people to kill, hunt, and capture tarsiers for private keeping and the other for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as well as the stakeholders in the barangays to also protect the tarsiers and their natural habitats.

“Tarsiers are endangered species. We should feel fortunate that they exist in about seven barangays in our city. Not only in Bohol and Palawan, tarsiers are also in Zamboanga. And it is imperative that we should protect them and their natural habitats,” Valesco said.

Known as “chonggo mago”in Chabacano, the tarsiers can be found in La Paz, Pasonanca watershed, Baluno, Dulian, Lumayang, Tolosa and Upper Bunguiao, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Last Saturday, Valesco was in La Paz and had a dialogue with the people and some barangay officials. Valesco was informed that the reason why the tarsiers have gone down from the mountains was due to the reported rampant tree cutting.

“Ta owi kita cay tiene gane maga quien ta corta palo arriba para hace carbon, poreso se maga chonggo mago ta abaha ya,” (we know of people cutting down trees in the upper portion of La Paz, this is why the tarsiers are coming down,” said La Paz Barangay Kagawad Gardie dela Serna.

“Last week two tarsiers were found at Purok 6. The said village is one of the populated areas in La Paz. They (tarsiers) sort of relocating themselves because of alleged tree cutting activities in the hinterlands,” Valesco said. One tarsier was released into the wild by Mayor Celso Lobregat and Valesco while the other one with wounds expired at the veterinarian’s clinic.

The Council unanimously approved Valesco’s resolutions and called for a review on the regulations and usage of chainsaws and powersaws in the forest of Zamboanga.
In previous years, Valesco also authored resolutions calling for the protection of caves, forest, rivers, and falls in the city for ecological and tourism purposes. — Marcialisa Lim