Senate bills na magpapalakas sa wildlife conservation at protection law, suportado ni Cimatu

Senate bills na magpapalakas sa wildlife conservation at protection law, suportado ni Cimatu

March 13, 2021 @ 5:01 PM 1 year ago


Manila, Philippines – Para mapalakas ang kasalukuyang environmental laws sa anti-illegal wildlife trade, suportado ni Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu ang inihaing dalawang batas sa senado na magpapalakas sa naturang batas.

“We at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) give our full support to the initiatives of the legislators who are seeking to reinforce and recalibrate the existing Wildlife Act, particularly against wildlife traffickers who wreak havoc to our biodiversity that causes the imbalance in our ecosystems, impacting not only our livelihood but our economy in general,” saad ni Cimatu.

Ginawa ni Cimatu ang pahayag matapos ang anunsiyo nina Senadora Cynthia Villar at Senador Juan Miguel Zubiri sa paghahain ng Senate Bill (SB) 2078 at SB 2079.

“The Senate bills came at the most opportune time amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when many notorious and organized traffickers are taking advantage of the situation by resorting to online markets, and changing traffic routes which prove to be more challenging to our law enforcers.”

“With this, we are giving the culprits a stern warning that we are vigilant on their criminal schemes, and that we are very keen in our enforcement operations.  We in the Department cannot tolerate any of their criminal acts,” saad pa ni Cimatu.

Kaugnay nito sinabi naman ni Villar na ang SB 2078 ay napapanahon para sa “relevant amendments” sa RA 9147.

Isa sa mga “proposed amendments” na nakasaad sa SB 2078 ay ang pagkilala sa Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao government na pangasiwaan ang kanilang wildlife species sa kanilang teritoryo.

Iminumungkahi din dito na: “wildlife trafficking” and “wildlife laundering” as crimes, which are not included in and not made punishable under the present law.  This also includes “organized syndicated crime” as a means of committing wildlife offenses.

Hinihiling din sa naturang batas ang pagdagdag ng multa at taon ng pagkakakulong upang mapigilan ang paggawa ng wildlife crimes.

Sinabi naman ni DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau OIC at Assistant Director Amelita Ortiz na natutuwa ang ahensiya sa aksiyon na ito ng dalawang senador.

“The support we get from our distinguished lawmakers in filing the bills will pave the way to our aspiration to make wildlife trafficking a serious crime with a penalty up to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment,” sabi ni Ortiz. (Santi Celario)