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HK repatriates 18 rare turtles from Palawan

HK repatriates 18 rare turtles from Palawan

HK repatriates 18 rare turtles from Palawan.

IT TOOK them a while to return to the Philippines, but the 18 rare turtles taken by a Chinese student from the wilds of Palawan several months ago are back and under protective custody, a wildlife conservation group said Friday.

Environment officials fetched the turtles from Hong Kong following the repatriation proceedings there, said Juan Miguel Zubiri, President of the Katala Foundation.

“They’re back, but I’m dismayed that our authorities were not able to prevent these animals from leaving the country,” Zubiri told reporters.

The 18 forest turtles, which are found only in Palawan, are considered to be nearly extinct. The Chinese consider them novelty pets or exotic food.

The turtles were among the various animals taken from the Philippines and intercepted in  Hong Kong’s airport on Feb. 8. The illegal shipment included 24 lizards, 16 pythons, a flying snake, two mangrove snakes and a common mock viper.

Zubiri, a former senator, said he will seek an investigation into how the turtles were able to leave the country.

“Our airports and seaports are the last line of defense in our fight against illegal wildlife trade. I call on the authorities to investigate,” he said.

Officials said the turtles will be nurtured and then released to the wilds in Palawan.

 

(Published in the Manila Standard Today newspaper on /2012/April/28)

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Tribe shows way to save rare dolphins

Tribe shows way to save rare dolphins.

Photo from the Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Palawan’s complicated politics

Palawan’s complicated politics.

I would like to share this commentary from the Manila Standard Today. To me, and based on my discussions with a number of people in Puerto Princesa, the conspiracy theory is true.   In dealing with corporate entities, compliance to applicable legal requirements is essential in having a sustainable operation.  Noncompliance to the law is a major nonconformity. If the political situation does not allow such political stability to conform to requirements, investors can always move to another country and make their investments there.

Such is the case with Palawan.  However, a number of entities, with political intentions  are trying to paint a picture that investments, particularly corporate entities, bring more bad than good. Rather than promote compliance to the existing laws and regulations, these entities are trying to put the law into their own hands.

With all these talk, I could not seem to hear the side of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, which is the main entity tasked to ensure sustainable development in the region under Republic Act 7611 which is the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan.  Palawan is the only province that has a legislated strategic environmental assessment which should be the bench mark for all provinces, cities and municipalities in the Philippines.  Yet, none of these is highlighted in the media. Gina Lopez keeps on banging our ears with her empty talk but she is already defying the law in the by-pass of RA 7611.

It is disappointing that media has  been louder than policy, when policy is far more imporatant than publicity.

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