Enforcement of Wildlife Laws, Rules and Regulations CY 2011

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Operationalization of Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Units (WTMU’s)

There are two (2) Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Units (WTMUs) strategically located in two (2) seaports in the region: one in the Port of Batangas while the other is in the Port of Talao-talao, Lucena City, Quezon. Various monitoring activities ensuring strict compliance and effective implementation of existing wildlife laws, rules and regulations are being conducted. Monitoring activities include inspection and validation of the permits issued for shipment of wildlife prior to loading and actual transport.

As a result, Batangas WTMU reported the transport of 90 heads of long-tailed monkeys from Del Mundo Trading, San Isidro Breeding Farm, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro to INA Research Philippines, Inc.- Primate Quality Control Center (INARP-PQCC), Sto Tomas, Batangas. Based on the inspection conducted, the shipment is covered by Local Transport Permits issued by CENRO Calapan, Oriental Mindoro.

Monitoring activities at the Port of Talao-talao, Lucena City were conducted in coordination with the DA-BAI Quarantine Officers, PNP and Philippine Coast Guard.

Mobilization Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEO’s) (Anti-Illegal Wildlife Collection and Trade Operation).

 

Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEO’s) are constantly being mobilized since they always served as partners in the enforcement of wildlife laws, rules and regulations. Regular wildlife monitoring activities and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns were conducted by the Wildlife Enforcement WEO meeting

Officers (WEOs) of the Region. One of the accomplishments of these WEOs was close monitoring of wildlife collection and trading specially during the issue on rampant illegal collection and trade of Geckos. Moreover, the WEOs have also assisted in the activities concerning wildlife confiscation, rescue and turn-over. Speicific accomplishments of the mobilized WEO’s region-wide are the following::

Batangas

• Confiscated three (3) heads of monitor lizard along Banay-banay I, Lipa City

• Conducted patrolling along coastal areas and highways of Lian, Lemery, Nasugbu, Calaca, San Luis, Calatagan, Batangas and other possible areas for illegal transport/trade of wildlife, in coordination with PNP, MAOs, MENROs, PAF and Bantay Dagat
• Posted advisory against illegal collection and trade of Geckos within the municipal compound of different municipalities

• Conducted rescue and release of dolphin in San Diego, Lian municipal water

• Coordinated with PNP Calaca re: reported dead pawikan along Balayan Bay;

• Rescued and cured stranded marine turtle in Punta Fuego, Nasugbu;

• Conducted pawikan rescue in CAP Ocean, Calatagan

Cavite

• WEO meeting with Lakbay Aral was held on May 18, 2011 at Cavite City Botanical and Zoological Park (CCBZP) to update the WEO’s on the latest wildlife policies and the plans and programs of the province wherein issues and concerns regarding illegal possession of wildlife was tackled.

During the meeting it was agreed that additional WEO’s from the municipalities of Naic, Alfonsso, Mendez and Tagaytay City be deputized, those places being the routes of illegal trading to Metro Manila.

• Brought a tariktik hornbill on May 18, 2011 to Cavite City Botanical and Zoological Park for temporary safekeeping. was found in vacant lot at Gen. Trias. This tariktik was found at a vacant lot in Gen. Trias by a resident near the area and turned over to CENRO Cavite;

• Rescued eleven (11) heads of geckos at Montefaro Subdivision, Imus, Cavite which later brought to Cavite City Botanical & Zoological Park;

Laguna

• Some WEO’s participated in the confiscation of various species in Petkingdom

• Conducted IEC on RA 9147, illegal collection and trade of wildlife including migratory birds and geckos within the province

 

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Quezon

• 127 heads of kulo-kulo were released within the Guinayangan Municipal Forest Park on March 14, 2011. These birds were rescued in a vacant lot at Brgy Mangagawa, Guinayangan, Quezon

• An eaglet was rescued on March 29, 2011which was under the custody of Mr. Juan Borja, a CWR holder,

• An IEC was conducted on April 19, 2011 at ABC Building, Brgy Calimpac, Guinayangan, Quezon wherein 30 members of the Municipal Peace and Order Council participated. Significant features of RA 9147 were discussed as well as the inclusion of wildlife conservation and protection in the MPOC plans and programs to be implemented in the municipality.

• A Seminar Workshop with the theme “Environment and Natural Resources Management” was conducted on April 25 to May 04, 2011 at ABC Building, Brgy Calimpac, Guinayangan, Quezon.

 

 

It was participated by barangay captains, secretaries and treasurers of 54 barangays, 53 SK chairpersons, and 378 barangay councilors.

Topics discussed were: Wildlife Resources and Protection Act (RA 9147) and Ecological Waste Management Act (RA 9003).

• Conducted IEC re: illegal collection and trade of geckos in different municipalities of the province

• Conducted IEC and monitoring of wildlife within Cagbalite I and II, Mauban, Quezon and coordinated with the barangay chairmen re: marine turtle conservation since the areas were identified as marine turtle nesting sites.

 

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Rizal

• Conducted meetings discussing issues and concerns on their duties and responsibilities and accomplishments as law enforcers

• Created task force to conduct monitoring/ surveillance and IEC activities to implement wildlife laws, rules and regulations within the province

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WEOs from Provincial Veterinary Office, PNP, DENR and WFP holders are volunteer members of the task force who likewise attended training-seminar which provided them reorientation on the provisions of wildlife laws, rules and regulations

Upon proper coordination with the Provincial Government of Rizal, the WEO Task Force of Rizal was created thru a Joint DENR CALABARZON – Provincial Government of Rizal Special Order no. 01 dated 20 September 2011. Further, the Wildlife Farm Permit holders of Rizal made their voluntary commitments and support to the operationalization of the WEO Task Force.

 Capacity Building/Orientation on Enforcement of Wildlife Law, Rules and Regulations

Training Seminar for Wildlife Enforcement Officers was conducted on 11 October 2011 at BluRoze Farm, Lodlod, Lipa City. The training-seminar was participated by different volunteers from LGU’s and Philippine National Police. Resource speakers from Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) – Ms. Luz Corpuz and Dr. Glenn Maguad and Tanggol Kalikasan – Atty. Ronely Sheen discussed relevant topics on wildlife law enforcement such as Salient Features of Republic Act 9147, Wildlife Identification and Handling Techniques and Protocols on Wildlife Law Enforcement Operation.  weos meeting

Maintenance and Protection of Wildlife Rescue Center

The Regional Wildlife and Rescue Center is being maintained to take temporary custody and care of all confiscated, abandoned wildlife to ensure their welfare and well-being. The RWRC is located at Brgy Lamot II, Calauan, Laguna. Its establishment started in 2010 and is now undertaken some development activities in preparation for its full operati on. The entire area which has been secured by a perimeter fence was planted with m a l u n g g a y , gumamel a and bouganvilla. Crops and fruit trees were planted , banana, papaya, camote, pineapple, bignay, dragon fruit, etc as food sources for wildlife. Water system was installed and administration building has been improved.

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 Turn-over/Confiscation/Rescue of Wildlife

Turned-over and rescued wildlife species within the region include reticulated python (Python reticulatus), soft-shelled turtle, scops owl (Otus megalotis), Philippine macaque (Macaca fascicularis) , owl and dolphin. The said wildlife species were brought at the identified temporary rescue centres of the region such as, Cavite City Botanical and Zoological Park (CCBZP), Laguna Wildlife Park and Rescue Center (LWPRC) and BMW Realty, Inc. for temporary custody.

Moreover, on 11 October 2011, the Philippine National Police (PNP) assigned at Lian, Batangas apprehended 63 heads of Hill Mynah (Gracula religiosa). Criminal complaint with NPS Docket no. IV-02-INV-11J-00951 was filed by the CENRO Calaca, Batangas against the violators of Section 27 of RA 9147 namely, Florentino Taleon y Amada, Bernardino Carolino y Gumuloc, Alejandro Cascara y Panolino, Rocky Sebido y Chavez and Lucio Juamaoan y Cascara, all from Palawan Province. The wildlife were turned-over to the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) for safekeeping and proper disposition thru the OIC, Wildlife Regulation Section – Ms. Ma. Luz B. Corpuz.