Bacolod City — The need to protect and preserve the wildlife in Negros was highlighted anew in Thursday’s opening of the 11th Philippine Bird Festival in Negros Occidental.
The event, set from November 24 to 27 as part of the 12th Provincial Wildlife Month celebration, kicked off with the Wildlife Photo Exhibit at SM City Bacolod, and the Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) Forum at the Provincial Capitol.
Wilfred Ramon Peñalosa, provincial environment and natural resources officer and CEI convenor, said the discussions focus on conservation and initiatives that highlight the need to protect and preserve the Negros wildlife.
Other activities on the first day include a discussion on birds and a kiddie bird fest in Sagay City, and a cultural tour for the delegates in cities of Silay and Talisay.
Gina Mapua, vice president of Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), had said the festival is a means of growing the appreciation and love of the Negrenses, especially children, of Philippine birds.