DENR-XI, Indonesian Consulate plan out possible repatriation of apprehended wildlife species

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Officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) and the Indonesian Consulate recently had a meeting to plan out the possible repatriation of wildlife species that were confiscated in Mati, Davao Oriental last April this year. If pushed through, it will be the first in the region and the Philippines to return rescued wildlife species in its country of origin.

It can be recalled that Task Force POGI (Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade) composed of representatives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), DENR, Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army (PA) seized different kinds of exotic animals on April 8, 2019 in Barangay Dahican, City of Mati, Davao Oriental. The wildlife species, mostly birds, were said to have come from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Task Force POGI was organized by DENR in 2013 to curb poaching and illegal trade of wildlife in the country.

Most of the apprehended wildlife species, composed of birds, mammals and reptiles, are categorized as endangered based on the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). CITES is an international agreement between government and aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. This was conceived to regulate the trade of wildlife animals and plants across borders and safeguard certain species from over-exploitation.

In behalf of DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Eastern Mindanao and DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Pablito Ofrecia welcomed Indonesian Consul Henny Mulyani and other representatives from the Indonesian Consulate. After the meeting, the team proceeded to Davao Crocodile Park to check on the said wildlife animals that was turned over there for safekeeping.

Also present are Dr. Esteven U. Toledo of DENR-Biodiversity and Management Bureau (BMB); Chief of the Conservation Development Division (CDD) Myrna Erlinda Arbiol; Chief of the Legal Division Atty. Iris Pauline Tapales; Chief of the Wildlife Permitting Section Jose E. Lechoncito Jr.; and Special Investigator I of the Enforcement Division Brine Dumdum.

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Environmental Warriors’ ideas laid through paper and lens

11-22 makakalikhasan contest winners

As the DENR XI believes in the power of youth’s profound and innovative ideas in matters of environmental protection, it once again conducted the “MakakaLIKHAsan” an Essay and Photo Contest. It is a two-day annual event that aims to earn the active participation and engagement of young environmental warriors through their piece of writing and photo material.

The essay writing revolves in the theme “One Planet. One Nation: Sustaining Green Actions for a Safer Climate.” to which, the New Corella National High School bagged the top place.

Its writer, Mary Chris D. Agarma, states in her piece entitled “Code Green: Diagnosing the Vital Signs of the Earth” that “we [people] are the leukocytes of the Earth and must work hand in hand as a nation and as a planet to protect the only home we have. The earth has long been diagnosed of a severe disease. Like treating chronic illness, necessary measures must be applied.” Strict implementation of environmental laws, reforestation and to look for other sources of renewable energy to not exhaust biofuel are among the writer’s recommendations.

The champion ended her piece with a diagnosis that the earth is “severely destructed, in need of immediate attention, care and restoration.”

For the photo contest, the Ateneo de Davao University which held the championship for two (2) consecutive years has once again bagged the top place. For this year, its entry was photographed by Anton Miguel Balagot with an engraved caption “Carbon Sequestration: A Quest for Life.”

Congratulations to all the participants- our young and creative environmental warriors and to their supportive coaches!

The DENR XI is looking forward to having you again.

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