DENR warns traders illegally selling wildlife species online
MANILA, Philippines — Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu warned illegal wildlife traders that they are being monitored by the agency’s wildlife enforcers even amid the quarantine.
“Mobility restrictions may cause some deterrence to our wildlife enforcers, but these shall not stop them from implementing environmental laws to protect our natural resources,” Secretary Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.
The official made such a warning following the arrest of a certain Benjie Saunar for illegal possession and selling of two Umbrella cockatoos (Cacatua alba) in a buy-bust operation conducted by the DENR’s Environmental Protection and Enforcement Task Force (EPETF) on April 28.
The operatives also recovered a Palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) from Saunar’s possession.
Prior to the operation, the suspect was monitored by the DENR- EPETF operatives to have been illegally selling wildlife species online.
He was apprehended in an entrapment operation conducted by the DENR EPETF with the Manila Police District Station 8 and the Manila District Anti-Cybercrime Team.
The suspect has undergone inquest proceedings at the Manila City Prosecutors Office and is charged for violating Republic Act (RA) 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act of 2001.
As of May 3, the wildlife species, along with other paraphernalia, such as the motorcycle and cellphone used by Saunar, are under the custody of the DENR-NCR Office.
Pangolin found in Ayala Alabang to return home in Palawan
The pangolin that was found in Barangay Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa will soon be homeward bound to its natural habitat in Palawan.
Last Monday (August 16), a resident turned over a Philippine pangolin to the National Wildlife Rescue and Research Center (NWRRC) after finding it in their backyard. Rescuers immediately responded and took custody of the pangolin which was named ‘Pandi’.
According to the NWRRC, Pandi has minor cuts around his body but his health is in stable condition.
“Bukod doon sa mga minor scratch niya wala pa namang alarming na sign na medyo kailangan naming bantayan ng sobra, (Aside from minor scratches [Pandi] does not have any alarming signs that would need our utmost attention),” according to NWRRC chief and in-house veterinarian Dr. Glenn Maguad.
Pandi is now scheduled to return to Palawan, however, no date has been set yet.
Pangolins are considered a critically endangered species and the most traffic wildlife. Pangolins are being traded primarily as ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine.
Maguad said pangolins are considered gardeners of the forest because they like to dig rotten trees for termites. They contribute to the ecosystem through soil conditioning. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)
DENR calls on sea vessel owners to explain dumping of waste in Manila Bay
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will summon the owners of sea vessels that dock at the Navotas Fish Port in Baseco, Manila through the Anti-Pollution Task Force.
The DENR, along with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), conducted an inspection at the Navotas Fish Port on Friday (June 4) to check for metal content, fecal coliform, and grease present in the water.
According to DENR Usec. Benny Antiporda, several sea vessels docked at the Fish Port are dumping waste in Manila Bay.
Antiporda said the department will summon the concerned individuals to explain the issue.
“We will talk to them immediately after this kasi ipasu-summon natin sila sa Anti-Pollution Task Force para magkaroon ng dialogue between sea vessels and the government,” he said.
According to the captain of one of the cargo vessels, Angelito Balitaan, there are instances that they would throw waste in Manila Bay because their vessel does not have a sewage system and they do not have enough funds for sewage repairs.
“Starting na natuto ako nang ganiyan iyan na kinagisnan ko, minana na din iyan wala pang implementation ng mga sewage sewage,” he said.
Meanwhile, the test results of the water samples will be released in a week. AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)
Plantitos, plantitas unite: DENR offers free fruit, vegetable seedlings to those in need
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has opened a ‘Community Pan-tree’ that gives out free fruit and vegetable seedlings to those in need.
The DENR said it was inspired by the community pantries that are currently trending throughout the county.
This is why, in celebration of Earth Day 2021, the department will be giving away seedlings of fruit-bearing trees and vegetables.
It also encourages individuals and groups who share the passion for urban greening to also donate plants in support of the project.
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The Community Pan-Tree will open on Thursday, 22 April 2021, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the DENR-NCR Technical Services Office in North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
The DENR also reminds individuals to bring their own pots if available and adhere to health and safety protocols. AAC