The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IX represented by RED Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez signs a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the adoption of two Philippine Freshwater Crocodiles with Mr. Roel Lamiing and Hon. Junevell Lamiing on January 21 at the DENR IX Conference Room, Pagadian City.
The agreement was in line with Department Administrative Order No. 2010-16, otherwise known as “Establishing the ‘Adopt-a-Wildlife Species Program’ and Providing the Guidelines Governing Its Implementation.”
RED Rodriguez said, “This partnership speaks of strengthened collaboration between the government and private individuals and through this we hope to achieve resurgence of the Philippine Freshwater Crocodile population in the region, effectively conserve and protect this species through the active participation of stakeholders and raise the level of awareness on human-crocodile co-existence and stimulate public action in protecting our wildlife.”
The agreement stipulates the following areas of cooperation: research and monitoring, communication, education and public awareness, capacity-building and promoting best practices.
Hon. Junevell Lamiing said that they are fully committed in providing appropriate and safe spaces for the Philippine Freshwater Crocodiles under their custody: DENR-IX Tag No. 0-4-46, a male crocodile named “Chuy2x” and DENR-IX Tag No. 0-4-48, a female crocodile named “Claudia.”
The event was witnessed by DENR IX personnel from the Conservation and Development Division.