The pawikan (or hawksbill) sea turtle has played an important role in keeping our world’s oceans healthy for over a hundred million years. In Punta Dumalag, Davao City, one family is helping to ensure these critically endangered sea turtles will stick around for a long time. You, too, can be part of their protection and preservation. Let's make a #BetterWorld for the pawikan.
The goal of our Environment Program is to minimize our environmental impact and address conservation concerns by continuing to conceptualize and identify viable programs. We will also work on our longterm commitment to plant another six million trees nationwide, and develop our eight-hectare outdoor biodiversity Cleanergy Park in Davao City. We will continue to promote our re-use, reduce and recycle program called Race to Reduce (R2R), and expand to other areas of operation.
As part of the Group’s overall sustainability commitment, we roll out environmental initiatives that are consistent with our ‘planet’ bottomline. This means engaging our team members in activities that promote environmental conservation and biodiversity enhancement.
In October 2014, the Aboitiz Group reached a milestone as it exceeded its three million trees target — a commitment made in 2009 to plant the said number of trees by 2015 under a program called A-Park. The program was introduced to uphold the importance of a healthy ecosystem by helping diminish our carbon footprint.
With this accomplishment, the Group announced a new target of planting six million more trees by 2020 in keeping with the commitment to build a BetterWorld through sustainable environmental practices.
To date, the total number of trees the group has planted stands at 3.3 million.
The Cleanergy Park is an eight-hectare Aboitiz property located at Sitio Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, Davao City. The property premises and its surroundings have a rare and diverse ecosystem comprised of mangrove forest, coastal forest, marine turtle habitat and nesting area, shoal, coral reefs, sea grasses, and a fish sanctuary declared as marine protected area (MPA), all combined in one place.
The Cleanergy Center is a 650-square meter facility located in the Admin Compound of MakBan Geothermal Power Plant in Brgy. Bitin, Bay, Laguna. It is focused on environmental awareness and energy education through the use of audio visual presentations, interactive displays, and a tour of a working geothermal power plant.
Stemming from a concept made by a group of Aboitiz scholars during the 2011 CSR Summit, our Green Fashion Revolution is an annual intercollegiate fashion competition that features environmentally-friendly couture created by Cebu’s talented young designers.
Green Fashion Revolution: Life Flourishing on Land and in Water
Date: November 25, 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: SM City Cebu Trade Halls 1 & 2
CRITERIA AND GUIDELINES FOR THE GREEN DESIGN COMPETITION
CRITERIA FOR JUDGING
Overall Best Design
Final Score will be based and computed as follows:
Pre-judging event on November 18, 2017: (70%)
Finals Night on November 25, 2017: (30%)
Best Design Per Category
Using the same criteria for judging provided above, the team with highest score per category is the winner.
Overall Champion – P50,000
1st Runner-up – P40,000
2nd Runner-up – P30,000
Best Clothing Design – P 5,000
Best Accessories Design – P 5,000
Best Bag Design – P 5,000
Best Footwear Design – P 5,000
The Aboitiz Foundation aims to raise funds for the protection and preservation of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle in Punta Dumalag, Davao City, one of the last few remaining natural habitats for species of its kind. Entitled “I Want a #BetterWorld for the Pawikan”, the fundraising drive will not only secure the plight of hawksbill turtles but also spread greater public awareness on how everyone can help to ensure their survival amid climate change and environmental degradation.
ABOUT THE PAWIKAN
1. WHY THEY MATTER
Pawikans have played an important role in keeping our world’s oceans healthy for over a hundred million years. They maintain seagrass beds and coral reefs, provide key habitat for other marine life, help balance marine food webs, and facilitate nutrient cycling from water to land. (source: Oceana)
Overharvesting and Illegal Trade
Pawikan or sea turtles continue to be harvested unsustainably both for human consumption and trade of their parts. Turtle meat and eggs are a source of food and income for many people around the world. Some also kill turtles for medicine and religious ceremonies. Tens of thousands of pawikan or sea turtles are lost this way every year, devastating populations of already endangered greens and hawksbills.
Killing of turtles for both domestic and international markets continues as well. While international trade in all pawikan or sea turtle species and their parts is prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), illegal trafficking persists.
Pawikan or sea turtles are dependent on beaches for nesting. Uncontrolled coastal development, vehicle traffic on beaches and other human activities have directly destroyed or disturbed sea turtle nesting beaches around the world. Turtle feeding grounds such as coral reefs and sea grass beds are damaged and destroyed by activities onshore, including sedimentation from clearing of land and nutrient run-off from agriculture.
All stages of a pawikan or sea turtle’s life are affected by environmental conditions such as temperature—even the sex of offspring. Unusually warm temperatures caused by climate change are disrupting the normal ratios, resulting in fewer male hatchlings.
Warmer sea surface temperatures can also lead to the loss of important foraging grounds for pawikan or sea turtles, while increasingly severe storms and sea level rise can destroy critical nesting beaches and damage nests. (source: http://www.worldwildlife.org)
PAWIKAN IN PUNTA DUMALAG
As of December 2015, 1,876 hatchlings have been released to the ocean on the shores of Aboitiz Cleanergy Park. These baby turtles are expected to return years later to the same area they hatched to lay their own eggs. For this reason, it is important to preserve their natural habitat to increase the chances of reversing the decline of their species.
WHAT ABOITIZ IS DOING
1. Cleanergy Park
The Aboitiz Group has created an eight-hectare outdoor biodiversity area to help save endangered pawikan (hawksbill) turtles and preserve the coastal forest and marine life in the area.
The property, which is managed by AboitizPower subsidiary Davao Light, has long been a breeding ground for the critically endangered and elusive Pawikan turtles, as well as approximately 66 species of trees, birds, and fish.
It is surrounded by a 37-hectare Marine Protected Area and provides a unique and experiential learning platform through its facilities: the turtle sanctuary viewdeck, a botanical garden, a mangrove boardwalk, and a weather station.
“The Aboitiz Cleanergy Park represents our sustainability mindset—that we can do well by doing good, always making the right long-term decisions that balance the interests of people, planet, and profit,” explained Erramon I. Aboitiz, Aboitiz Equity Ventures President and Chief Executive Officer.“Through this project, we hope to provide a safe haven to the Pawikan turtles and other marine life, as well as help save the coastal forest in the area and its inhabitants,” added Aboitiz.
To safeguard and protect the park’s rich natural resources and species that have made it their home, Aboitiz keeps much of the area untouched and unguided tours are also not allowed. Currently, the park is being used for research by biologists and other scientists and educators for environment preservation.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
By donating to Aboitiz Foundation’s “I Want a BetterWorld for the Pawikan” campaign, you help protect one more hawksbill turtle in Punta Dumalag, Davao City, one of the last remaining habitats of this critically endangered species.
To donate, follow these steps.