The Philippines’ Department of Justice, in collaboration with the United States Department of Interior and USAID, through the Protect Wildlife Project, held the Seminar on the Prosecution of Environmental Cases on December 6 to 8, 2016 in Naga City. More than 30 prosecutors from all over Luzon shared and discussed the state of environmental prosecution in their respective cities and provinces, as well as their experiences and practices in prosecuting environmental law violations. Regional Prosecutor for Region 5 Mary May B. De Leoz gave the welcome remarks and stressed the importance of tighter enforcement of environmental law and prosecution of cases as a solution in combatting environmental crimes.
The seminar was capped with a field visit to the Mount Isarog Natural Park, where the Protected Area Superintendent briefed participants on the importance of the park, as well as the issues and challenges in managing and protecting the park. The participants also met and learned from the Mount Isarog Guardians, a group of community volunteers who patrol the park with the support of the City Government of Naga.
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