Aziza Paradise Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan ─ On June 19-21, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), in partnership with USAID-SIBOL and Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, successfully organized the first-ever Wildlife Enforcement Officers’ (WEO) Congress in Palawan.
With the theme: “𝑭𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑𝒔 ─𝑬𝒍𝒊𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝑵𝒆𝒖𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒛𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝑫𝒊𝒔𝒓𝒖𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 (𝑬𝑵𝑫) 𝑾𝒊𝒍𝒅𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝑻𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒆”, the Congress brought together wildlife enforcement officers from Palawan. It served as a training platform equipping participants with technical knowledge and strategies to combat and prosecute wildlife-related illegal activities in the province. It also became a conference for reflection on the progress and accomplishments of wildlife enforcement efforts in Palawan.
As the first event of its kind in the province, the WEO Congress served multi-purposes and became a venue for the Green Champions and Best ECAN Board for 2022 awards ceremony, recognizing outstanding contributions in environmental conservation.
The congress also marked the official launch of the innovative mobile application called the ‘Sumbong App’, aimed at facilitating the reporting of environmental violations. Furthermore, it facilitated the exchange of commitments between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and USAID following the recently-signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the prosecution of environmental law violations in the Philippines. Moreover, the congress featured training workshops on Trafficking Route and Hotspot Mapping as well as Enforcement Response Formulation and Prioritization with Action Planning.
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