DENR, Tacloban to establish Regional Wildlife Rescue Center
Tacloban City (September 23) -- Confiscated, donated and abandoned wild plants and animals in Region 8 will soon have a temporary and suitable refuge center where they will be quarantined and properly cared for.
In a simple rite held at the Mayor Alfred Action Center on September 22, 2010, a Memorandum of Agreement for the establishment of a Regional Wildlife Rescue Center on a ten hectare area located at Barangay Salvacion, Tacloban City was signed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 8, through the leadership of Regional Executive Director Primitivo C. Galinato Jr, with the City government of Tacloban headed by Mayor Alfred Romualdez and the Paraclete Integrated Agro-Forest Development Association, Inc. (PIAFDAI) led by its President Joel Regato.
Ms. Purificacion Daloos, DENR Regional Public Affairs Office Chief, informed that in the said MOA, the DENR and the City of Tacloban shall co manage the operation as well as the maintenance and protection of the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center. The PIAFDI shall also help in maintenance and protection of the forest covering their Community Based Forest Management Area where the RWRC is co-located.
During the MOA signing DENR?S Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service Regional Technical Director Danilo A. Javier said that the 10 hectare area intended for the RWRC shall be delineated by the DENR?s Land Evaluation Party as it is located within the CBFM Project awarded to the PIAFDAI per CBFM Agreement granted on December 18, 1999.
RED Galinato assured the compliance of the DENR in the provision of Php300, 000 for the establishment of the RWRC including expenses for food, medical supplies as well as the marking and tagging materials for animals that will be in custody by the center.
In addition, the DENR shall provide Php100, 000 annually for a period of three years. It shall also provide assistance to the Tacloban City LGU in the conduct of manpower capability building on wildlife rescue and handling.
On the other hand, Mayor Romualdez committed to abide by the terms stated in the MOA such as providing counterpart funding of Php100,000 for the establishment of the RWRC.
The city government shall assist the DENR in the conduct of resource assessment, develop, design and construct facilities for the center clinic, laboratory, quarantine and office facilities.
The City Veterinary Office shall provide veterinary services to all animals in custody of the RWRC. Also, it will provide funds for the rehabilitation of denuded and degraded areas within the perimeter of the center.
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office headed by Mr. Jonathan Hijada shall take charge in the management, maintenance and operation of the RWRC.
The PIAFDAI is tasked to protect the entire forestland within the RWRC against illegal tree cutters, kaingeneros and other forms of forest destruction. It shall assist the City LGU and DENR in the prosecution of forestry and environmental law violators.
The establishment of the RWRC is mandated under R.A. 9147, the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act and Department Administrative Order No. 2000-46. Before the finalization of agreements for the establishment of the RWRC, series of dialogues and consultations were made by the DENR with the Barangay officials of Salvacion and Sanggunian Panlungsod of Tacloban City since year 2008.
The RWRC in Barangay Salvacion is located about 10 kilometers north of Tacloban City. The area is within the CBFM project managed by the PIAFDI. This area was selected because it is outside a protected area and very accessible to Tacloban City which has a high probability of the occurrence of illegal wildlife trading and confiscation, has available water supply and access to animal food and clinic.
Witnesses to the MOA signing were CENR Officer Marciano Talavera of DENR-CENRO Palo, Leyte, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Jonathan Hijada, Protected Areas and Wildlife Division Chief Corazon Makabenta and other staff of the DENR and the City of Tacloban. (PIA 8 with report from DENR) [top]