Dr. Pierre Fidence, a French national, President and Founder of an international Non- Government Organization (NGO) who is into the conservation and preservation of Endangered Species all over the world has visited Tupi again to fulfill his commitment to establish a “Tarsier” conservation center in Mt. Matutum.

Dr. Fidenci of ESI in a huddle with Gov. Pingoy about the proposed Tarsier Rehabilitation Center
Fidence, a biologist and a scientist, stayed here for a number of days and settled all the necessary permits and requirements needed for the establishment of a Tarsier conservation center in Matutum, particularly in Linan.

Fidence, made a courtesy call to Tupi Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr., and, met South Cotabato Governor Arthur Y.”Dodo” Pinggoy and discussed the possible partnership in establishing a “Tarsier” conservation center, here.

The scientist also followed up his application for a “gratuitous permit” with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Regional Office in Koronadal City.

“Gratuitous permit” is one of the requirements set by law before we can start the project, Fidence said, adding “If the same would be granted - we could probably start the project early January next year.

ESI would invest in establishing Tarsier conservation and breeding center to save the specie from the risk of possible extinction. Once developed the center would be turned into an “eco- tourism” destination.

It may be recalled that hundreds of students and, visitors on board in buses and vans had already visited the Tarsier habitat in Linan to see for themselves the smallest primate in the wild. (tupi.gov.ph)

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