Calamba City, Laguna – Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu in a statement said, “with the increased sightings of wild animals occurring in the CALABARZON Region, it is important that we remind the public to leave them alone, unless they are sick, orphaned or injured as we have wildlife experts who can take care of them”. He further highlighted that it is important that these wildlilife be left alone, unless injured or orphaned.
Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales has directed the PENROs and CENROs in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon, to strictly monitor the Protected Areas in their jurisdictions. He also acknowledged the LGUs and the communities for their cooperation in protecting the wildlife in their areas.
Since March 16, the whole island of Luzon has been declared under the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Since then, citizens have been uploading various bird photos on social media. In Catanauan, Quezon, Mr. Herbert Hutamares, got a glimpse of a couple of Chestnut munia, Asia Glossy Starling, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Lowland White Eye, Olive-backed Sunbird, Yellow Vented Vulvul, White-collared Kingfisher among others. “As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to put city after city under lockdown, birds have been frequently seen flying and heard chirping and singing from the trees in Catanauan, Quezon”, Hutamares said.
According to the Chief of Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division, Engineer Olivia Bejo, “Wildlife plays an important role in balancing the environment. Wildlife provides a stability to different natural processes of nature.”
In cases of injured, orphaned or turned over wildlife, these will be under the custody of DENR CALABARZON and will be placed in the Wildlife Rescue Center in Calauan, Laguna. They will then be on queue, following a release program.
Photo 2. An orphaned Besra Sparrowhawk turned over to PENRO Rizal
Anyone who will be caught with possession of any wildlife species without necessary permits will be charged for violation of Republic Act no. 9147. This RA is otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.