The University of San Carlos, through the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and the Department of Biology, signed a memorandum of agreement with Kahibalo Foundation for the conservation of Philippine mammals and improvement of environmental awareness through multi-dimensional education and research on October 6, 2022, at the USC Talamban Campus.
Based in Bohol, the Foundation works closely with local teachers in the Visayas region, including universities like USC to strengthen its advocacy.
Aside from the memorandum signing, Dr. Filip J. Wojciechowski of the Kahibalo Foundation also gave a talk on “Wildlife conservation in action on the Philippine Tarsier.” The Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta), known locally as mawmag or mago, is endemic to the Philippines. It is found on the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao.
The tarsiers are threatened and endangered due to habitat loss and hunting for the pet trade, hence, the need for their protection.
Reporting by Annie G. Diola