Republic of the Philippines
PALAWAN COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
PCSD RESOLUTION NO. 07-333
“A RESOLUTION RE-OPENING THE PERIOD FOR REGISTRATION OF TERRESTRIAL AND AQUATIC FLORA AND FAUNA IN THE POSSESSION OF PRIVATE ENTITIES / INDIVIDUALS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN PALAWAN PURSUANT TO REPUBLIC ACT 9147, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “WILDLIFE RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION ACT”
WHEREAS, on July 30, 2001 Republic Act 9147, otherwise known as the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act” was approved to carry out the national policy of conserving the country’s wildlife resources and their habitat for sustainability;
WHEREAS, Section 4 thereof provides for the jurisdiction of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Agriculture (DA) in the nationwide implementation of this Act and in the province of Palawan, the jurisdiction was conferred to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) pursuant to Republic Act No. 7611;
WHEREAS, Section 26 of the same Act requires the implementing agencies to set a period, within which persons/entities shall register all threatened species collected and exotic species imported prior to the effectivity of the Act. Section 26 further provides that “after the period set has elapsed, threatened wildlife possessed without the certificate of registration shall be confiscated in favor of the government;
WHEREAS, in relation to the aforementioned Sections 4 and 26, an implementing rules and regulations was jointly issued by the DENR, DA and PCSD, Rule 26.1 of which provides that “all threatened indigenous and endemic fauna, and all exotic species in the possession of private entities or individuals without permit from the government agency concerned shall be registered within the period to be declared. The possessor of said wildlife shall be issued a Certificate of Wildlife Registration (CWR) for the purpose, provided such person or entity can prove financial and technical capability and has the facility to maintain said wildlife;
WHEREAS, the joint implementing rules and regulations further provides under Rule 26.4 that all Philippine wildlife which are not listed as threatened prior to the effectivity of R.A. 9147 but which may later be listed as threatened, shall likewise be registered during the period set;
WHEREAS, the PCSD, in its 113th regular meeting on December 17, 2004, adopted DENR’s DAO 2004-62 (Prescribing Fees and other guidelines pertaining to the registration of threatened, non-threatened and exotic faunal species under the jurisdiction of the DENR), which is contained in PCSD Resolution No. 04-243;
WHEREAS, certain provisions of the above DAO 2004-62 were waived and amended by the DENR as reflected in DAO 2004-65, specifically on registration fees, that therein a lower registration fees at the minimum of PhP 50.00 for every 1 to 50 heads of a particular wildlife species were imposed;
WHEREAS, the registration of terrestrial wildlife fauna was conducted in Palawan on March 22, 2005 to April 22, 2005, the registration period declared by the Council as reflected in PCSD Resolution No. 05-245;
WHEREAS, the aforementioned registration resulted to only 2, 1, 5 and 90 individuals who filed an application for registration in the Northern, Calamianes, Southern and Central District Management Offices (DMOs) of the PCSD, respectively, because most of the owner who did not apply for such claimed that they could not afford to pay for the registration and other fees as required and imposed by the PCSD;
WHEREAS, the PCSD Staff found it necessary to set another registration period and, to include aquatic resources for inventory purposes as the above registration results do not serve the purpose of managing, conserving and protecting all wildlife resources in captivity. Further, due to the clamor and request of several establishments including pet owners and hobbyists to lower/reduce the registration fees which were imposed during the above-indicated registration period, re-opening of registration period is necessary to address this concern;
NOW THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the foregoing premises and on motion duly seconded, the Council resolves, as it is hereby RESOLVED to set the period from September 1, 2007 to December 1, 2007 as registration period of terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna in possession of private entities / individuals and government agencies in the Province of Palawan, pursuant to Republic Act No. 9147;
RESOLVED FINALLY, that copies of this resolution be furnished all the agencies concerned for their information and guidance.
ADOPTED AND APPROVED this 27th day of July 2007 at Puerto Princesa City.
I hereby certify to the correctness and accuracy of the above-quoted resolution.
ROMEO B. DORADO
MARIO JOEL T. REYES