The joint DENR-PNP operation held on August 13, 2016 resulted to the confiscation of nine (9) reticulated pythons, and six (6) exotic species consisting of five (5) albino snakes and one (1) green python. Technical staff from the DENR said that the animals were not fed for some days resulting to the death of one snake and the weak or poor condition of few others.
The DENR further said that the Espinosas were not issued with a Certificate of Registration or a Captive Breeding Permit, thus they are not allowed to hold these wild animals in possession.
According to DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca the snakes should be left undisturbed in their natural habitat and should not be possessed or collected by any individual or group without appropriate permit. Hence, possession of wildlife without permit is a ground for confiscation of the animals in favor of the government.
The DENR Director further said that the confiscated snakes are now temporarily placed at the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Palo, Leyte for proper treatment and care. The reticulated pythons will be released back into the wild as soon as their conditions improve.
Report from the DENR states that the office is now conducting further inquiry on the incident, citing possible violation of Sec. 27 (f) of RA 9147, otherwise known as Wildlife Act of 2001.
The operation was conducted by a joint retrieval team composed of DENR regional office personnel headed by the Assistant Division Chief of DENR’s Conservation and Development Division Forester Crisostomo Badeo, DENR -CENRO Albuera headed by Forester Leonardo Germano, and PNP Albuera led by Police Inspector John Michael Crispino.
Pythons are listed as endangered species. The Wildlife Act states that violations involving these kind of species is punishable with imprisonment of one year and one day to two years and a fine of twenty thousand (P20,000.00) to two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00).
Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism
by USEC PHILIP CAMARA
(Published in The Manila Times, 05 January 2017)
TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.
The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.
One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.
With Secretary Gina at the helm of a major government department that has a direct and meaningful role in national development, the area development paradigm is set to take off and this time under the leadership of a capable and knowledgeable environment and natural resources secretary. For one, Secretary Gina has been a practitioner of area development approaching the various undertakings of the ABS-CBN Foundation in Palawan and other provinces wherein the local people were the implementers and the beneficiaries of the eco-tourism projects that simply highlighted the potential of their area (thus the term area development).Read more...
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