Charges filed against wildlife smugglers in DavOr

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) through its Environmental Crime Division-Investigative Service has filed charges, recommending for prosecution of two arrested wildlife smugglers in Mati, Davao Oriental.

The suspects on the illicit wildlife smuggling were identified as Mr. Jomar L. Toledo, 34, and Mr. Rompas M. Lumakore, 25, both residents of Brgy. Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental. The two will be charged for possessing and selling endangered wildlife animals in violation of Section 27 of Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

It can be recalled that Task Force POGI (Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade) seized on Monday, April 8, 2019, 450 pieces of endangered wildlife animals in Brgy. Dahican, City of Mati. These exotic species are said to have been transported from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea using wooden hull sea vessel.

The apprehended wildlife animals, composed of 369 birds, 18 mammals, and 63 reptiles, has an estimated international value of 50 million pesos and local value of 8 million pesos. Most of these species are categorized as endangered based on the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Task Force POGI is a composite group of personnel from the DENR, including Biodiversity and Management Bureau (BMB), and officers of law enforcement agencies like the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation organized by the DENR in 2013, as among the measures to curb poaching and illegal trade of wildlife in the country.

Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Eastern Mindanao and Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan commended the team for its successful operation and said that the Department will continue to be vigilant in curbing illegal trading of wildlife.

“Rest assured that under Secretary Roy Cimatu’s watch, the Department will always be on the guard in curtailing wildlife trading as we are committed to safeguard wildlife species, both flora and fauna, most especially if these species are considered critically-endangered or endangered,” she said.

 

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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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