The Crocodylus Porosus Philippines Inc. (CPPI) is holding a three-day training on crocodile conservation and rescue operations with law enforcement agencies at the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) in Barangay Irawan, Puerto Princesa City from October 23 to 25.
The inter-agency wildlife rescue management forum hosted by CPPI, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), was attended by law enforcement personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP); Maritime Police (MP); Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP); City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO); and Municipal Police Stations (MPS) from Balabac, Brooke’s Point, San Vicente, and Bataraza.
CPPI program director Rainier Manalo said that the proper law implementation of the uniformed personnel is crucial in wildlife management citing rescue operations during human conflict can mitigate the observed increasing crocodile attacks in local communities.
“Hindi po ito pagpili kung tao o hayop. Kaya ng tao mag-coexist with the wild with better management,” Manalo said.
PCSD officer Mencho Dimaran reiterated the importance of informing PCSD in any wildlife-related operations since they are the mandated office according to Republic Act (RA) 7611 or Strategic Environmental Plan Act for Palawan and RA 9147 or Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act.
“Syempre we can’t expect our enforcers to know all the species, kaya we can help in identifying them whether they are endangered or critically endangered species since may equivalent fines for those who will be apprehended,” Dimaran said.
On top of crocodile conservation and rescue operations, the training also discussed other wildlife topics. Participants were also given group practical activities in basic crocodile handling and restraining techniques; night observation on crocodile tapetal reflection; and other technical sessions.