In time for World Ranger Day, USAID’s Protect Wildlife project and its partners in Zamboanga City held the Dia de maga Guardia Forestal or Day of Forest Guards to recognize publicly the crucial role of environmental frontliners who defend and protect the city’s forests and watersheds and its diverse wildlife.
In an awarding ceremony held in Pasonanca district, forest guards and rangers from the Zamboanga City Water District, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Zamboanga City, Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources, and Western Mindanao State University’s Experimental Forest Reservation received recognition for their years of service—some of them serving for more than 20 and 30 years. Most of these forest guards and rangers are stationed in and around Pasonanca Natural Park, a habitat of important flora and fauna and the key source of water for Zamboanga City.
Families of the awardees, as well as local park-goers present in the event, also joined in games and activities to learn more about and appreciate the role of forest guards and the upland biodiversity they protect. (PWP/ Lawrence San Diego)