Calamba City, Laguna - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON, through its Enforcement Division, headed the Training Orientation for the Prospective Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEOs) within CALABARZON Region. Personnel from various Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organization (NGOs), and other private organizations joined the 2-day training.
Strong emphasis was placed on the equal importance of both wild flora and fauna and its role in the natural processes in the ecosystem were reminded by Laguna Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Eriberto B. Saños.
Further, Chief Enforcement Division, For. Annabelle M. Barquilla stressed the importance of wildlife law enforcement in ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of wildlife resources.
Salient Features of R.A. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, Cyber Crime Investigation on Illegal Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Law Enforcement Protocol Techniques, Manual Forms and other documents on Apprehension, Seizure and Confiscation of Wildlife were discussed during the orientation.
Identification of commonly traded flora and fauna, basic wildlife handling techniques, and an actual wildlife handling and restraining were also conducted to further capacitate the prospective WEOs. The actual handling and restraint activity was facilitated by Doc Nielsen Donato, Wildlife Farm Permit Holder and the Co-host of the TV Show, Born to be Wild.
DENR CALABARZON calls for direct involvement of the citizen through recruitment, training, and deputization as Environment and Natural Resources Officer (ENROs) and WEOs. The conduct of WEO training is one of the requirements in the deputation of WEOs, as stated under section 30 of RA 9147.