Exotic animals seized in Davao Oriental

A team from the National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army seized different kinds of exotic animals yesterday, April 8, in Barangay Dahican, City of Mati, Davao Oriental. This wildlife, mostly Indonesian birds, were said to have come from Papua New Guinea.

Two men, who are allegedly caretakers of the wildlife, were also arrested during the buy-bust operation headed by the NBI.

Accordingly, the apprehended wildlife species were already at the area for about a week and that the caretakers were being paid to feed them.

Initially, 447 species of birds and reptiles were identified and counted by the team from Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), the DENR Regional Office and DENR Provincial Offices in Mati. Some of the identified species were Black Palm Cockatoos, wallabies and Echidna. All the wildlife species were temporarily under the custody of CENRO Mati.

At present, the DENR team headed by Dr. Rogelio Demelletes of the BMB are tagging and identifying the smuggled species. The species will be identified according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) category as this will be the basis for the charges and penalties that will be imposed against the perpetrators.

CITES is an international agreement between governments and aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. CITES was conceived to regulate the trade of wildlife animals and plants across borders and safeguard certain species from over-exploitation.


DENR-XI, ComVal Prov't Gov't sign Joint Special Order for Naboc River Rehab TWG

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI and the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley recently signed a Joint Special Order creating a Technical Working Group (TWG) and Working Committees tasked to formulate the Naboc River Rehabilitation Master Plan.

Signing the Joint Special Order are Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Eastern Mindanao and DENR Regional Executive DirectorRuth M. Tawantawan and Compostela Valley Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy.

The creation of the said TWG is in line with the government’s aim to rehabilitate Naboc River as it is contaminated with Mercury and Cyanide due to the mining activities in Mt. Diwalawal. The river is also said to be contaminated with fecal coliform.

Last July 16, 2019, the DENR and the Provincial Government of Comval signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the dredging, quarrying and rehabilitation of Naboc River held in Davao City. The MOA signing was attended by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu as Naboc River rehabilitation is one of his priority programs.

Tawantawan said that the "dredging activity will start on November this year and we aim to finish it before July of next year."

On the other hand, Uy assured the TWG members that the provincial government will fully support the Naboc rehabilitation Master Plan.

"We hope that our timeline will be met so we could finally gain a step ahead in rehabilitating Naboc River," he said.

Members of the TWG are composed of some officials and personnel of DENR-XI, Compostela Valley Provincial offices and members of the Provincial Task Force Naboc River. This will be led by DENR-XI's Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Chamberlain Babiera and co-led by Eugene C. Alaba of PENRO-PLGU.

TWG's Working Committees are: Data Management; Mining and Environment; Infrastructure Development; Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; Enforcement and Security; Permitting; Monitoring and Evaluation; and Legal.


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