Four rare birds, namely; Tablas Drongo, Tablas Fantail, Streak Breasted Bulbul and Romblon Hawk Owl were cited during the conduct of Biodiversity Monitoring System in Progreso Este, Odiongan, Romblon. This was during the Capacity Building for the Stakeholders led by Philippine Science High School-MIMAROPA Region Campus (PSHS-MRC) at Rizal, Odiongan, Romblon on October 9-13, 2017. This event was participated by PSHS-MRC personnel, DENR PENRO Romblon technical staffs under Conservation and Development Section (CDS), personnel from Romblon Statue University (RSU), LGU Odiongan and other local stakeholders. A total of 23 participants composed of 16 males and 7 females attended the abovementioned activity.

Experts from Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc.(PBCFI) , namely; Lisa Marie Paguntalan, Philip Godfrey Jakosalem and Andrew Ross Reintar served as learning service providers during the said capacity building.

Important learning regarding Biodiversity Monitoring were imparted to the participants. These included the installation and use of biodiversity monitoring system in order to generate knowledge about the state of biodiversity in the community, description of basic biodiversity status in the Phil. setting and in Romblon, usage of equipment techniques/methods in biodiversity monitoring, collection and recording data for the monitoring system, usage of proper statistical tool in analyzing data collected in the field, and writing technical reports on the result of the biodiversity monitoring.

Ms. Paguntalan, Executive Director of PBCFI emphasized that regular biodiversity monitoring at Sitio Tuburan, Progreso Este, Odiongan is needed to protect wildlife species and maintain the stability of the watershed area as a primary source of potable water of the community.

“Being aware of this development, we need to forge a MOA with DENR PENRO Romblon to protect this restricted range were rare birds found,” Campus Director Edward C. Albaracin said.