Energy Development Corporation (EDC) sent off its adopted Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), Geothermica, to Singapore last June 4th as part of the Wildlife Loan Agreement signed between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), Singapore’s leading wildlife conservation organization.

Upon arrival in Singapore, Geothermica and its potential mate, Sambisig, will be housed in the Jurong Bird Park, where the pair will be bred for the species’ preservation. Sambisig is adopted by a chemical company.

Geothermica, a 15-year-old captive male Philippine eagle, is one of the wildlife species adopted by EDC in 2012 as part of the “Adopt a Wildlife Species” (AAWS) Program of the DENR.

The adoption of Geothermica was part of EDC’s initiatives that aim to protect and preserve wildlife biodiversity. EDC also operates the 106-MW Mt. Apo Geothermal Project (MAGP) in Kidapawan, North Cotabato. Mt. Apo, the country’s tallest, is also what many Philippine eagles call home. Hence, it was prudent for EDC to help protect its endangered neighbors.

The 701-hectare protected geothermal reservation is also home to 143 species of birds, including eagles, and 41 species of mammals.

Representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Eagle Foundation, Philippine Airlines, and Energy Development Corporation gathered at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 Departure for a send-off ceremony for eagle couple Geothermica and Sambisig as they are deployed to Singapore. The two birds are to be part of the Breeding Loan Agreement of Singapore and Philippines and will be housed at Jurong Bird Park managed by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

Geothermica, EDC’s adopted eagle, was awarded a ceremonial passport by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The passport acts as a facsimile that proves the eagle’s Philippine nationality.