Now on its ninth run, the Training of Trainers on Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement was held in Iloilo City in the first week of July this year by the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Sixty-four officers and agents from field units of the DENR, the Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation-Environmental Crime Division, the Philippine Ports Authority, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Customs, and the local government unit of Iloilo City participated in the said activity.
This flagship DENR training program aims to mainstream wildlife law enforcement within the department and its allied law enforcement agencies. It also seeks to train actively national government staff in conducting apprehensions, arrests, and seizures to deter wildlife crimes, and to increase the number of personnel practicing improved enforcement practices.
Based on its mandate to enforce the Wildlife Act, BMB has developed a standardized set of protocols and procedures called the Wildlife Law Enforcement Manual of Operations, which serves as the framework of the training and provides a uniform application of rules on related regulations for all partner enforcement agencies.
Previously supported and organized by various USAID-funded projects in the Philippines, the Training of Trainers program is continuously refined by BMB to suit the changing needs of target participants. (PWP)