The biodiversity team of Energy Development Corporation (EDC) rescued an endangered male Philippine deer that was found suffering from wounds and broken antlers in Kananga, Leyte on Nov. 8, 2022.
Roy Dalaguit, a member of the Tongonan Farmers Association and a community partner of EDC, found the deer in Mahiao River and contacted EDC BINHI forester Ronelmar Aguilar, who facilitated the animal’s rescue together with Ormoc City Veterinary Office and City Environment and Natural Resources Office Palo personnel.
Upon examination by Ormoc City veterinarian Dr. Jose Arnel Corong, the wounds were determined to be caused by traps and dog bites, presumably set up for illegal wildlife hunting in the area. The deer was placed under the custody of the Ormoc City Wildlife Rescue Center. After a week of recuperation, it was deemed fit for release by Corong. On Nov. 15, 2022, forester Aguilar, with representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Ormoc City Veterinary Office, released the deer in the forestlands in EDC’s Tongonan Geothermal Reservation.
The Philippine deer, locally known as “bugsok” in Leyte, is an endangered deer species endemic to the Philippines.
The DENR encourages the public to turn over captured or rescued wild animals for proper handling and care.
“I am thankful to our dedicated team of BINHI foresters and to our community partners, the Tongonan Farmers Association, for their quick response to the plight of this endangered species,” EDC Leyte corporate relations head Erwin Magallanes said. “For over 45 years, EDC has always strived to work in harmony with nature as we generate 100% clean, renewable energy. Protecting and conserving our biodiversity is part of our regenerative mission. I fervently hope that this rescued Philippine deer stays alive and well in the wild so that it can still be seen by future generations.”
(Story/Photos by:Frances Ariola)