The selling and serving of exotic meat dishes in local dining establishments is now banned in Puerto Princesa City.
The City Council on Monday, January 8, approved the “Endangered or Exotic Meat Ban Ordinance” in a bid to protect Palawan’s endangered wildlife.
Authored by Councilor Jonjie Rodriguez, the new local measure will help the national government implement the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001, as well as the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998.
“Being the country’s last ecological frontier, it is the responsibility of the city government to initiate measures to protect and conserve wildlife species in order to maintain a healthy and balanced ecology,” he said.
Among the commonly served meat products in restaurants covered by the ban are the Palawan Bearded Pig (baboy damo), the Palawan monitor lizard (bayawak) and the grouper species “senyorita.”
In addition, the ban also covers the entire list of endangered species identified in the Philippine Wildlife Act, as determined in the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) Resolution 15-521, “the updated list of threatened terrestrial and marine wildlife in Palawan.”
Establishments, however, may seek a permit from relevant government agencies that will grant them exemption from the coverage of the ordinance.
Restaurateurs found selling or serving the banned meat without the said permit will be fined P1000 to P5,000, with the possibility of business license revocation in the third offense.