BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Hundreds of students, birdwatchers, and visitors are expected to participate in the 7th Ibong Dayo Festival at the Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park here on December 9.
City Mayor Francis Garcia and Vice Mayor Vianca Venzon-Gozon will lead the festivity to include activities aiming to protect and conserve migratory birds and their habitats in the city.
The leadership of Garcia and Venzon-Gozon vowed continuity of the program protecting migratory birds in the city started by then mayor and now Bataan 2nd district Congressman Joet Garcia.
Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Regina Lopez are scheduled to grace the festival, according to PIA Bataan Manager Jose Mari Garcia.
In 2011, the Department of Tourism had included the villages of Tortugas, Sibacan, and Puerto Rivas, all in this city, as among the 13 official bird-watching sites in the Philippines.
A tourism guidebook of the bird-watching sites in the country was also launched by the agency on the same year.
The wetland park here is the first along the Manila Bay Area where bird enthusiasts can do bird watching and picnic with friends.
Balanga City is one of the favorite stopovers of thousands of migratory birds from Canada, China and other countries.
Published reports said that more than 600 species of birds have been recorded throughout the country, of which at least 230 are endemic, which means they can be found only in Philippines.