Personnels both from the DENR PENRO Romblon and Municipal LGU of Looc successfully freed an endangered adult female Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) with carapace measurement of 62 by 56 centimeters near Looc Bay Marine Refuge and Sanctuary, Looc, Romblon on October 27, 2017.

Based on field interview conducted with CRMO Staff Marife S. Pastor, this marine turtle was accidentally found weak and wounded by a fisherfolk named Jonito Rios at the coastal water of Barangay Punta, Looc around 7:00 in the morning of October 27, 2017. Then, Mr. Rios and Bantay Dagat Member Roland Amar carefully removed the hooks in its foreflippers and brought it to CRMO at Poblacion, Looc, Romblon for further observation and documentation.

As a protocol, Engr. Raymund G. Inocencio, ECOMS II and PASu of DENR PENRO Romblon, together with CRMO staffs assessed the turtle’s condition and found out that it could survive in the wild. After acclimatization, they applied tags in its foreflippers with serial numbers PH 0061K and PH 0062K. Around 2:00 in the afternoon, they successfully released this endangered Green turtle with the assistance of CRMO personnel, Marife S. Pastor and Joshua F. Flores and Bantay Dagat Members, Rodney Mondia and Miguel Taytay.

“With this untoward incident, we would like to appeal that we have to be responsible in taking care of our marine wildlife,” Ms. Pastor said.

Moreover, this Office through Conservation Development Section (CDS) closely coordinates with local officials and other key stakeholders for the continuous protection, conservation and management of marine turtle species found in the coastal municipality of Looc, Romblon.