The Philippine cockatoo or katala (Cacatua haematuropygia). (File photo/ Photo by Peter Widmann/KFI)

The Katala Foundation, Inc. (KFI) will plant around 3,000 tree seedlings at the Sta. Lucia Sub-colony at the end of the month to rehabilitate its forest where Philippine cockatoos are known to dwell.

Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) corrections technical officer and spokesperson Levi Evangelista said Monday that based on studies, 60 to 80 Philippine cockatoos or katala have been constantly spotted in the area.

The seedlings that will be planted will be premium species trees such as Ipil and Manggis.

The seedlings will come from the Montible Sub-colony that were planted by inmates, he added.

Evangelista said the site could be a potential tourist spot that can cater bird watching activities to enthusiasts once the seedlings become full-grown so that the cockatoos can fly back to the area.

“The Philippine cockatoo will feel protected sila dito kaya magandang proyekto ito ng Iwahig and ng non-government organization. Magiging tourist spot din ito kasi kapag lumaki na itong mga puno ay babalik na rin ang mga katala,” he added.