Regional Releases

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Soccsksargen (Region 12) secured the safety of a Brahminy kyte after it was turned over to the region by a concerned citizen on July 29.

According to Evangeline Marfil, Brgy. Chairperson of Katipunan, Sto. Nino town in South Cotabato, Raymond Tejada, a concerned citizen found the raptor weak and wet after a heavy rainfall.

The barangay officials immediately coordinated with Brigada News FM in Koronadal City which asked the assistance of DENR 12 to get hold of the raptor.

After careful inspection, DENR personnel confirmed that it is a young Brahminy kyte.

Forester Mangayao C. Macapodi, DENR 12 Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section Chief said the raptor is domesticated.

“The bird is now being kept in the newly-opened Regional Wildlife Rescue Center (RWRC) in Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU) Lutayan Campus to ensure its safety and protection,” Macapodi said.

SKSU-Lutayan Campus Veterinarian Dr. Neil Velasco said the raptor is dehydrated and will undergo thorough medication.

Macapodi added that the RWRC will secure, protect and rehabilitate all wildlife species especially those that are turned over, abandoned, surrendered or confiscated.

“We are advising the public not to capture any wildlife species if they are healthy and in good condition. Let them live in their natural habitat,” Macapodi stressed.

“If they are injured, immediately turn over the species to the nearest DENR offices – the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, the Protected Area Superintendent and the regional office to ensure their well-being,” he added.

Macapodi also said the best we can do for wildlife species is to let them live freely in their natural habitats. (Ana Leah V. Asim) | Photo by: Forester Mangayao C. Macapodi

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Western Visayas recently hosted the “9th Training of Trainers (ToT9) on the Application of the Wildlife Law Enforcement Manual of Operations” among national government agencies.

In collaboration with the region’s Enforcement Division, the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Protect Wildlife Project, the ToT9 was conducted with participants coming from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine National Police (PNP), PNP-Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVSEGROUP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine Navy (PN), Local Government Units (LGUs), Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the DENR’s provincial and community offices.

ToT9 aims to strengthen the knowledge and understanding of the participants of Republic Act 9147 also known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001. They are also expected to disseminate the new rules and procedures for environmental cases and the application of the Manual of Operations in the enforcement of Wildlife Act.

“This training came timely since we are strengthening the enforcement of environmental laws. Thus, it is necessary to empower our field personnel with the knowledge and skills they need to enforce the provisions of the Wildlife Act. This will result to a more conserved and protected wildlife resources in the region,” said DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.

During the ToT9, the participants were taught how to explain the important provisions of Wildlife Act and how to conduct wildlife species identification and proper handling. They were also taught how to identify and explain the steps to be taken by an enforcer in effecting detection of wildlife crime, the arrest of offenders and seizure of items and effects of wildlife crimes. The Fisheries Code as amended and Fisheries Enforcement Protocol were also explained to the participants, with emphasis on penalties and rules on endangered marine wildlife.

In strengthening the enforcement of the law, the participants learned the basic steps in monitoring and investigating wildlife cybercrime, and gained knowledge and skills on proper documentation of wildlife crime scene, including collection, handling and preservation of evidence. A mock trial was conducted for the participants to experience how to testify in court. They were also briefed on the issuance of a search warrant.

Atty. Edward Lorenzo, a USAID Representative, underscored the threat of wildlife trafficking in the country during the training. “The Philippines plays a very important role when it comes to wildlife trafficking in the region. It is both a poaching area and a major transhipment point,” he said.

The training is seen to boost the DENR’s efforts in the region to curb illegal wildlife activities such as poaching and wildlife trade to promote sustainable biodiversity management. It is also in strong support to Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation, which is one of his ten priority programs./DENR 6

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Luzon recently conducted an anti-illegal logging operation in Bulacan that resulted in the confiscation of 22,000 board feet of illegally sourced lumber in a lumberyard in the town of Baliuag. The seized lumber worth Php 1.2 million consisted of premium species mostly Dipterocarps.

In a separate operation, combined operatives of the National Bureau (NBI) environmental crime division and the DENR, confiscated 56,000 board feet of illegally sourced lumber of premium hardwood species worth Php3.2 million in a warehouse allegedly owned by a certain Ricky Yu. The wood species include narra, kamagong, tindalo, tanguile, yakal, mayapis and Benguet pine.

The DENR and NBI are now filing charges against Yu and his four Filipino accomplices identified as Andy Binos, Roberto Bonaobra, Ernesto Vasquez Jr., and Jerry Belgica for violating forestry laws. If found guilty, they may face a maximum of 20 years imprisonment.

The crackdown on illegal logging activities also led to a series of raids on establishments selling hot lumber including those located in a village in Guagua town in Pampanga. ###

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) seizes about 6,000 board feet of illegally sourced lumber of premium hardwood species worth more than a million pesos in Nueva Ecija. DENR, along with the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine National Police (PNP), raided a one-hectare compound in Barangay Langla in Jaen town through a search warrant issued by Judge Celso Baguio of Gapan City. According to DENR Central Luzon Regional Executive Director Paquito Moreno, Jr., premium species of yakal, lauan, and molave were found inside the compound without necessary documents. These species, which are included in the logging ban, were illegally sourced from the remaining natural forest in the Sierra Madre mountain range.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered the donation of assorted pieces of hardwood to the 22 crewmen of F/V GEM VER for the repair of their fishing boats damaged in the collision incident in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea on June 9.

In his directive to Department of Environment and Natural Resources MIMAROPA (Region 4B) Regional Executive Director (RED) Henry Adornado, Cimatu instructed the donation of 379 pieces or 3,084 board feet of confiscated lumber to the fishermen involved in the incident. Felix Dela Torre and Junel Insigne received the lumber on behalf of the affected fishermen. The men are all residents of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

DENR Region 4B, through its regular forest patrol and monitoring, has collected confiscated lumber that may be used for construction purposes.

“We are glad that we are able to make use of confiscated forest products to help our fellowmen,” said RED Adornado. “Nature indeed has its way of helping people start anew,” he added.

 The donation of confiscated lumber to the F/V GEM VER crewmen was facilitated by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Occidental Mindoro and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in San Jose. ###