The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) congratulates Mr. Reynante Ramilo, the Program Coordinator of C3 Philippines, for being a finalist in Whitley Awards 2021. (https://whitleyaward.org/2021/02/17/whitley-awards-2021-the-shortlist/?fbclid=IwAR05Rv2GApNwWs5qHBXHkX6gVmlSKtuKlXnl0xZTpPVVhKHdg9D2JIWWH9A)
EnP Ramilo is a member of IUCN SSC Sirenia Specialist Group, IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership and a National Geographic explorer. C3 Philippines (Community Centered Conservation) is an active member of the PCSD’s Palawan Knowledge Platform (PKP) doing dugong conservation work in the Calamianes Islands and Northern Palawan (http://www.c3phil.org/)
With his work on establishing a community-managed dugong Conservation Area Network in the Calamianes Island Group, he was recognized by the Whitley Awards as part of the top 15 candidates out of 106 applications who did incredible work with communities to safeguard wildlife, habitats and the future of society.
The Whitley awards is given every year by the Whitley Fund for Nature to persons who contributed largely in conservation efforts. The Whitley Fund for Nature is a fundraising and grant-giving nature conservation charity offering recognition, training and grants to support the work of proven grassroots conservation leaders across the Global South.
One of the previous winners of the said prestigious award in the Philippines, specifically in Palawan, was Ms. Indira Lacerna-Widmann, for her work on the critically endangered Philippine cockatoo. (https://whitleyaward.org/winners/partnering-prisoners-safeguard-critically-endangered-philippine-cockatoo/)
The PCSDS is proud of the initiatives and support of EnP Ramilo, as well as the other conservation leaders in the province, in attaining the sustainable development goals of Palawan. We hope that many will follow what you have trailblazed in managing and protecting endangered wildlife species in Palawan.