The DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau has started the conduct of the two-day rollout on Wildlife Agency and Citizen Law Enforcement Reporting Tool (WildALERT) on Wednesday, September 21 in General Santos City to introduce and capacitate the wildlife enforcement personnel of DENR-12 regional and field offices on the various features of WildALERT – a tool developed to help field enforcers identify wildlife species commonly poached and trafficked in the Philippines.
In lieu of DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer, Enforcement Division Chief Forester Dirie P. Macabaning said in his message that the introduction of the system in the region will help the agency and its partners in intensifying the campaign on various crimes involving wildlife.
“The system will play a huge role in our enforcement efforts. It has a library of various species of flora and fauna that will aid DENR personnel and law enforcement partners in determining the species of wildlife and reporting of wildlife crimes in the region,” Chief Macabaning said.
The WildALERT Platform contains a library with 575 species (485 animals and 95 plants) their photos, scientific name, and common names in English, Filipino, and local dialects. It also lists the geographic distribution, description, and conservation status of each species.
The application, which can also be accessed soon by the public, has six main functions which are the identify species, search species, manage data, quick contact, help section, and report feature.
The activity was attended by DENR-BMB Wildlife Regulation Section Chief Nermalie Lita, WildALERT System Developer Fheter John Calanday, some representatives from DENR-BMB, PENROs, CENROs, and DENR-12 Regional Office (Enforcement Division, LPDD, and CDD). | Photos by: DENR-BMB