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.



Naboc River Clean-up Drive Commences

Approximately 1,600 kilograms of wastes, mostly non-biodegradable, were collected during the clean-up activity in Brgy. Mt. Diwata and Brgy. Naboc in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

The clean-up activity is one of the phases for the Naboc River rehabilitation. It was successfully done through the collective efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resource-XI through its Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENRO and CENROs) in ComVal. The activity was also participated in by various stakeholders composed of Barangay Local Government Unit, Philippine National Police, Philippine Army and other volunteers from the province.

This is the second clean-up activity conducted since Naboc River Rehabilitation program kicked off in mid-March 2019.


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