But more funding is needed
Visayan Bleeding Heart Pigeon, one of the most critically endangered animals in Negros
The Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI), which has worked tirelessly for 25 years to protect and conserve the environment and wildlife of Negros, is calling for more funds to continue its vital work.
"It's an uphill battle", said NFEFI president Paul Lizares. "Despite new laws and the work of our group, the environment is still getting a raw deal from many inhabitants with continued illegal logging, poaching, selling of endangered species and many other 'crimes' against nature.
"We are in danger of running out of time. If future generations are to enjoy their birthright of a beautiful environment we must all pull together and act before it's too late".
NFEFI projects are mainly managed by volunteers. Over the years these volunteers have worked to reforest hundreds of hectares especially in the all-important Upper Calimban-Imbang watershed, which provides clean drinking water to Bacolod.
NFEFI has also established one of the country's leading conservation breeding centers. Housed by the Provincial Lagoon in Bacolod City, the center is home to some 120 endangered animals and birds.
As part of its drive to raise more funds and to mark its 25th anniversary, NFEFI will be hosting a donors' reception on Friday, December 2 at Nature's Village at 5:00pm. It's being sponsored by CEMEX Inc.
The emblem for the reception is the Visayan Bleeding Heart Pigeon, one of the most critically endangered animals in Negros.
"We welcome support from all those interested in helping to save our environment. Members of the public can become NFEFI sustaining members for as little as Php1,000.00 a year. Corporate sponsorship is also welcome," added Lizares.
A rare and critically endangered Philippine Visayan Spotted Deer
The reception will feature a short one-on-one discussion with prospective donors while Mitu Ato band from Palawan will play their music on indigenous instruments. An art exhibit and photo sale will also help raise funds for the Foundation.
Any company, organization or individual wishing to support NFEFI and who would like to attend the reception can contact NFEFI at (034) 433-9234 or trustee Robert Harland on 09163437048.