By Leandria Pagunsan
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA)—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) calls for the cooperation and support of the public in conserving and protecting wildlife to combat biodiversity loss.
In a recent Kapihan sa PIA forum in line with Environment Month this June, DENR Negros Oriental Information Officer Therese Quijano, urged for the public to support their fight against illegal wildlife trade, stressing that if left uncheked the extinction of these species is irreversible and permanent that will lead to loss of our biodiversity.
Quijano further said that DENR have polices, laws, and enforcement and is closely working with people’s organizations, Police Environment Desk Officers (PEDOs), barangay patrols and wildlife enforcement officers in implementing these laws.
Nevertheless, Quijano said they need to mobilize the community, noting that enforcement is difficult in the absence of a witness,.
The public is urged to report to DENR any illegal acts of selling wildlife and the blatant posting of advertisements in social media sites.
DENR Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje earlier said that “we celebrate environment month this year with renewed and strengthened conviction to care for the land that we live on, the air that we breathe and the water which gives us life, more than any time in this planet that we live, it is now that we should put our acts together to combat increasing threats to our ecosystem and biodiversity loss as well.”
Lucena Amaro of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) also said that the wildlife is now endangered.
ENRD under the Office of the Governor is working closely with DENR and local government units (LGUs) in implementing policies to prevent the destruction of habitat of wildlife that leads to extinction.
ENRD is implementing reforestation programs, sustained integrated forestry projects, and adopt a forest program with strengthened people’s organizations as partners in protecting wildlife environment in the upland areas.
Amaro added that they provide technical assistance to LGUs in implementing their waste management program to avoid throwing them directly to the sea that contributes to destruction of the marine habitat.
The Adopt-A-River program is also in place in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Negros Oriental to maintain and protect biodiversity in the coastal areas, said Amaro. (rmn/lpp/PIA7/Negros Oriental/This article was orignally published at PIA Website on June 9, 2016)