In line with this year’s Subaraw Biodiversity Festival, a photo exhibit was unveiled in Robinson’s Place Palawan last Tuesday, November 5, which will last until Friday, November 8.
It highlights the biodiversity of Puerto Princesa, especially the protected area around the underground river, shown through photos taken by artists from different non-government and government organizations. A puppet show is also produced by City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).
Elizabeth Maclang, park superintendent of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) told Palawan News that the main purpose of the exhibit is for the public to be aware of their biodiversity and the ways they can help to protect it.
“Ang talagang purpose nito ay awareness, kung ano ba talaga ang biodiversity. Ang Subaraw Festival na ito ay maraming activities pero nakikita natin dito, [exhibit] kung ano man meron ‘yong Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park at buong Puerto Princesa dahil nagce-celebrate tayo ng biodiversity,” she said.
She also said that the exhibit differs from other exhibits because of its inclusion of live wildlife.
“Iba siya kasi meron siyang totoong wildlife which is our main exhibit, at ‘yon nga ‘yong crocodile natin. In fact, may in-invite pa tayong iba kung hindi lang gahol sa oras,” Maclang said.
Forester Felizardo Cayatoc of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office invites everyone to support the exhibit.
“Sabi ko one of the very important activities of Subaraw ay pumunta dito sa Robinsions mall hanggang November 8, they can view and learn about protecting the environment and our natural resources. Sa mga hindi naka-punta sino-solicit natin ang support nila. Let us protect the environment,” he said.
He also added that they will improve the exhibit next year.
The event was made possible by the joint work of the following non-government and government organizations: City ENRO, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP), CENRO-Puerto Princesa, Palawan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC), Center for Sustainability, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Protect Wildlife (USAID), and Mt. Matalingahan Protected Landscape (MMPL).