The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) Legal Services Section and Species and Wildlife Habitat Section recently played a critical role in a Wildlife Handling Rescue and Release training held at Ursula Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan.
The event was initiated by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Brooke’s Point and saw a diverse group of participants, including personnel from various government agencies such as PAMO DENR-CENRO Brooke’s Point, MENRO, MAO, Municipal Tourism, PNP Maritime Group, Coast Guard, CBNC, RTNMC, and selected PAMB members.
During the training, Mr. Fidel Laurente of the Legal Services Section served as a resource speaker and discussed the key features of R.A. 9147 and PCSD Administrative Order No. 12, as amended. Meanwhile, Ms. Sheena Millendez of the Species and Wildlife Habitat Section presented on the topics of Wildlife Handling and Rescue and Release Protocol.
The attendees had the opportunity to learn about the proper handling and rescue of wildlife and the necessary steps for their safe release into their natural habitat. With the increasing concern for wildlife protection, such training is crucial in ensuring that people who work in areas with a high occurrence of wildlife are equipped with the knowledge and skills to respond appropriately to situations that may arise.
The PCSDS staff played a vital role in the success of the event, and their expertise in legal matters and wildlife habitat management were valuable contributions to the training. This kind of collaborative effort among government agencies is essential in promoting the sustainable management and protection of Palawan’s biodiversity.