Forty-two staff of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) are taking a week-long capacity building training at Sitio Sabang, Oct. 13 to 18.
The training course is designed to equip participants with enough knowledge of environmental laws and cases, criminal procedures, technical skills, and other disciplines necessary for a forest ranger to obtain.
DENR-CENRO Officer-in-Charge Felizardo Cayatoc shared that the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of PPSRNP has been pushing for the creation of the “Enforcement Monitoring Committee” to further secure PPSRNP from illegal activities.
He said park rangers’ crucial responsibility to protect the forests must be accompanied with enough training and adequate technical and legal assistance.
“Mas maganda ng yung ginagawang training ngayon kasi integrated. Iba’t ibang batas yung iniintroduce sa kanila. Kinakailangan itong masundan pa para patuloy ang kanilang kaalaman at ma-enhance ang kanilang skills,” he said.
To be deputized, participants need to complete the training, pass the qualifying exam, submit required documents, and take an oath before the officers of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR).
The training was held by PPSRNP in partnership with the City of Puerto Princesa, DENR-CENRO, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, and USAID Protect Wildlife.
Meanwhile, Cayatoc shared that a provincial summit for all enforcement officers of Palawan, both from private and public organizations, is eyeing to be held this November to make a uniform enforcement protocol for investigation and monitoring.