SAN FERNANDO City, Dec. 3 (PIA)-- Amid the growing population of plantitos and plantitas, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Ilocos (DENR-1) records no violation against Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
This was confirmed by Renelita Santos, chief of the DENR Regional Public Affairs Office, in an interview during an episode of the Philippine Information Agency La Union's Tugstugan at Balitaan on Thursday.
According to Santos, "Dito sa ating region, so far, ay wala pa namang violators sa batas ng pagkuha ng mga halaman from the wildlife. Based on the data from our enforcement division, wala pa naman tayong natatanggap na report na lumalabag sa RA 9147."
Said law declares the policy of the state to conserve the country's resources and their habitats for sustainability.
As indicated under clauses on its Section 2, "This is to conserve and protect wildlife species and their habitats to promote ecological balance and enhance biological diversity, and to regulate the collection and trade of wildlife."
Among the 10 commonly poached threatened plants in the country are the very popular garden and house plant species in the Philippines like tree ferns, molave bonsai, and varieties of orchids such as the Dendrobiums, Hoyas, Lady slippers, Phalaenopsis, and Waling-waling.
Other threatened plants include Cycad, Medinilla, Alocacia or elephant ear, Begonia, Zingiber or wild ginger, and Agarwood.
With regard to this, DENR continuously intensifies its campaign to inform the public about the commonly pouched threatened plants as categorized by the law.
Santos said, "Kahit ganitong pandemic, we see to it na naglalabas talaga tayo ng mga impormasyon, mga abiso na kailangan malaman ng publiko, especially ng mga plantitas at plantitos tungkol dito dahil ayaw natin silang mag-violate unconsciously."
Persons found to have violated the said law will be sanctioned with corresponding fines and years of imprisonment depending not only on the act committed but also on the conservation status of the wildlife.
"Yung mga halaman kasi na ito sa wildlife, they play a very important role sa ating ecosystem. Kaya kapag nasa wild ay huwag na nating kunin at ibaba dahil baka mamatay lang siya and to think na these are already threatened plants ay baka maubos ang mga ito sa ating wildlife," she reminds the public. (JCR/JPD/CGC, PIA La Union)