Garden Club Makes GK Donation

Issued by the Negros Occidental Garden Club. For further information, please contact club member Robert Harland on 433 2036 or 0916 343 7048.

Issued by the Negros Occidental Garden Club. For further information, please contact club member Robert Harland on 433 2036 or 0916 343 7048.

The Negros Occidental Garden Club is continuing its support of Gawad Kalinga with a donation by its members for the building of a GK house at Barangay Banago. A check for Php70,00 was presented to Bobby Magalona, GK Negros Occidental Provincial Head, at the club’s monthly meeting in the clubhouse at Las Villas on Saturday.

This will be the second GK house sponsored by the club.  Members also pledged support for an another GK unit in Banago and an additional Php70,000 will be presented to GK this week.

Club President Dr. Nena Nolido (3rd right) presenting a check for Php 70,000 to Bobby Magalona. (l-r) Lita Cruz, Fe Remitio, GK ‘Champion’ Tony Meloto, Joe Gatuslao, Mila Chiu.

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ANP Showroom to Kick Off Earth Week

Earth Week 2009

Earth Week 2009

Earth Week 2009 kicks off in Negros this Saturday, April 18 with a cocktail party at the ANP Showrooms to raise much-needed funds for the Negros Forests & Ecological Foundation (NFEFI).

The party starts at 6:30pm and will be held on the third floor of the Showroom’s building in Lacson Street, Bacolod City.  Tickets are Php 500 each and can be bought at the Showroom or from NFEFI’s offices by the Provincial Lagoon.

“NFEFI is at the forefront of the battle to help preserve and protect the fragile environment in Negros and we are delighted to have this chance to make a contribution to their valuable work”, said Kathleen Trebol, from the ANP Showroom.

“We hope residents will extend their support to helping the environment by joining our party on the 18th.”

The critically endangered Philippine spotted  deer

The critically endangered Philippine spotted deer

Since 1986 NFEFI has reforested large areas of the Upper Caliban-Imbang Watershed, with endemic trees. This initiative has been sustained with the help of other government institutions and different communities, thereby ensuring the protection  of the remaining patch of forest within the North Negros Natural Park – an environmental hotspot and one of the top ten most important areas of forest in the world.

NFEFI’s Biodiversity Conservation Center by the Provincial Lagoon serves as a captive breeding and rescue station for many of the endemic and threatened animals found in Negros and other places in the Philippines. It’s home to rare and endangered animals including Philippine spotted deer, Visayan arty pigs, Visayan Tarictic hornbills and many other animals all in danger of vanishing for ever.

“While NFEFI’s work is certainly helping to preserve the environment, there is an enormous amount still to be done and that is why we need to help and support of every Negrense,” said NFEFI chairman Paul Lizares.

Under the banner ’13 Days of Environmental Activism’, other Earth Week activities starting on Sunday, April 19 include film and quiz shows, discussion groups, exhibitions, tree plantings, recycling shows and clean-up treks.

Junior Zookeeper Workshop Set

The Negros Forests & Ecological Foundation’s (NFEFI) Biodiversity Conservation Center’s 2009 Junior Zookeeper Workshop starts tomorrow, April 14 at NFEFI’s enclosure by the Provincial Lagoon in Bacolod City. It ends on Saturday, April 18.

Preparing food for the animals - youngsters at a NFEFI Junior Zookeeper workshop

Preparing food for the animals - youngsters at a NFEFI Junior Zookeeper workshop

It’s open to youngsters between 7 and 15 years and is designed to give a greater understanding and appreciation of Philippine wildlife and what it takes to be a zookeeper.

Classes, which are from 1:30 to 4:30 pm daily, will be a mixture of  interactive lectures, practical activities, games and hands-on experience in caring for endangered Philippine animals. It encourages problem solving, discussion and team work.

The program aims towards having fun, but, at the same time, building an understanding of animals’ needs in the wild and in captivity.

Getting ready to feed the animals - youngsters at a NFEFI Junior Zookeeper workshop

Getting ready to feed the animals - youngsters at a NFEFI Junior Zookeeper workshop

Courses will be run by NFEFI-BCC’s veterinarian, Dr. Joanne Justo and education officer Mimie Ledesma.  To make the most of the experience classes will be kept small.

Topics include Philippine biodiversity, the role of zoos and breeding centers, bird, mammal and reptile biology, animal welfare, feeds and feeding behavior, environmental enrichment and tour guiding.

All participants of the course will receive a Junior Zookeeper certificate and the opportunity to enroll as a junior zoo volunteer.

The cost is Php 1,000 for each participant and includes afternoon snacks and a training kit. All proceeds will be used for the upkeep of the many birds and animals in NFEFI’s care.

For further information, please call NFEFI on 034 433 9234.