A Brahminy kite eagle, locally known as Dapay, and a Visayan Tarictic Hornbill locally known as Tariktik were turned over to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Guimbal last July 26, 2019. The said species’ were voluntarily turned over by Mr. Reyme C. Gallarda, Teacher I at Iloilo National High School, La Paz, Iloilo City.

Held in captivity inside the “Rainier’s Park” of the school, Mr. Gallarda revealed that the species were taken cared by him for years already after the previous owner, Mr. Rainier Apistar, died 8 years ago.

Upon verification, it was found out that the school has no legal documents for possessing the species, hence the school principal voluntarily turned over the wildlife to CENRO Guimbal Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Team for safe keeping at the Wildlife Rescue Center.

 In his message, DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla urged the public to turn over any wildlife species when it is accidentally capture.

 “Anyone who accidentally capture any wildlife species, please turn over and report to DENR to have an immediate action,” he said.

TheBrahminy Kite (Haliasturindus) is listed as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) but the noted that its population is declining, especially in Southeast Asia. While the Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopiespanini) is listed as endangered per DAO 2004-15 Establishing the List of Terrestrial Threatened Species and Other Categories and the List of Wildlife Species pursuant to Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9147, the seized wildlife species under the category of endangered and critically-endangered species without corresponding authorization documents in the act of trade, transport and possession should be confiscated by the government./DENR6-CENROGuimbal