More than 40 park rangers of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan attended a workshop to enhance their skills and knowledge on substantive laws and policies focusing on wildlife, forestry, protected areas, and environment. The workshop also covered relevant city ordinances, administrative orders of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), and rules on arrests, searches and seizures, among others.
The sessions on technical skills development covered measuring and scaling of wood and timber, measuring damaged areas, boarding procedures for fishing vessels, and documenting with photos. In light of recent threats being faced by environmental law enforcers in Palawan, a subject on small-unit patrol formation and operations was also provided.
Local officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and experts from the city planning office, the city legal office and the PCSD served as resource persons. The DENR Regional Executive Director, upon recommendation by the protected area management board, would deputize qualified trainees as Protected Area Rangers.
The USAID Protect Wildlife project works with the DENR and local partners to enhance the competencies of national and local government agencies in enforcing biodiversity conservation-related laws and policies. (PWP/ Meg Yandoc)