MANILA, June 1 — The Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) commitment to border protection and civic duty to protect the environment were recognized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during the virtual celebration of World Wildlife Day.
The event was attended by various personalities, including: Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Senator Miguel F. Zubiri, AFOCO Executive Director Ricardo L. Calderon, and various heads and representatives of different environmental law enforcement and regulating agencies.
The event recognized the contributions of various agencies in protecting wildlife and promoting biodiversity in the country.
For the Bureau of Customs, various NAIA personnel were recognized for seizing various subjects of illegal wildlife trafficking. The personnel of the Bureau recognized were Calil G. Dimangadap, COO3 April Angeli P. Aboloc, COO3 Disabel M. Casimero and SAI Ian Rudolf S. Ramos, who were awarded the bronze award. While COO3 Jennifer M. Orbeta was recognized with the Silver Award; On the other hand, Engr. Paul O. Ditona, Chief EPCD, SAII Marcelino L. Cruz, COO3 Ronaldo B. Parado and NAIA District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan were awarded with the Gold Award for their invaluable role in wildlife protection.
The event also launched applications that will help environmental law enforcement officers in carrying out their duties. First are the eCITES PH and eLearning Modules, which would provide necessary information on environment protection as well as venue for online application of wildlife permits. Second was the Wildlife Philippines Podcast, which aims to promote up-to-date information dissemination through the use of podcasts.
The Bureau of Customs, under the leadership of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, is one with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in upholding the conservation and protection of wildlife and deterring wildlife smuggling.
For her part, District Collector Talusan, in behalf of BOC and BOC NAIA, welcomed the recognition of the DENR. Likewise, she lauded the efforts of the men and women of the Port in protecting the environment and preventing the illegal trafficking of wildlife and other natural resources. Finally, Collector Talusan assured the public that the Port of NAIA will remain committed in implementing its mandate of protecting the country’s borders. (BOC)