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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, August 22, 2013
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Cenro steps up drive
vs. wildlife trading

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Bacolod City has intensified its campaign against illegal wildlife trading in Negros Occidental, its press release said.

CENRO Edgardo Rostata met with officials of the Bacolod-Silay Airport and the Police Center for Aviation Security on the compliance with the terms and conditions of the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the PCAS, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 6, and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines on the monitoring of wildlife trade at the airport, the press release also said.

CENRO Bacolod will assign personnel at the airport for monitoring and enforcement of Republic Act 9147, or the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act of 2001, and to ensure protocols and proper documents to support the movement of wildlife and its by-products.

Assistant airport manager Ofelia Leonardo and Senior Insp. Rommel Ybañez of PCAS thanked the CENRO since they said they have difficulty in determining offenses punishable under the DENR rules. A space at the airport has been provided for DENR personnel to ensure immediate action relative to wildlife trade and similar concerns, the press release added.

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