Saving the Philippine Eagles and helping nature regenerate

The Philippine Eagle, also known as the Great  Philippine Eagle or the monkey-eating eagle  (Pithecophaga jefferyi), is a source of pride for the  Filipinos because of its majestic beauty and is only  found in the Philippines. The Philippine Eagle, one of  the world’s largest, most powerful birds of prey and  declared as the national bird of the Philippines, also  falls under the International Union for Conservation  of Nature (IUCN) critically endangered species  list. To save the future of these majestic birds, nonprofit organizations such as the Philippine Eagle  Foundation (PEF) embarked on learning more about  these royal birds through scientific field surveys,  including nesting territories and natural habitats.  


As part of its biodiversity conservation efforts, EDC  worked with PEF and the DENR in helping save  the future of these creatures. Since the start of the  initiative in 2019, PEF reports remarkable success  in its research of the Philippine eagle, allowing the  organization to propagate the species sustainably.  


To advance these efforts, the “Search for the King of  Birds” was held in 2021, anchored on the survey of  EDC’s Mount Apo Geothermal Project (MAGP) in  Kidapawan City, Cotabato. The initiative resulted in  the discovery of a pair of eagles and an estimated  two-year-old in the municipality of Magpet. With  a new testing territory, aerial mating rituals were  observed in the pair, promising a possibility of a  future offspring.  


One of the largest birds of prey globally, the  Philippine eagle plays a critical role in the overall  ecosystem of the country. With the conservation  of their species, we can help nature heal and  regenerate, bringing life back to our forests and  watersheds on which we depend.