An Asian palm civet cat (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) locally known as “Singgarong” and a Philippine water monitor lizard or Marbled monitor lizard (Varanus marmoratus) which is called “Halo” in vernacular, were rescued in Capiz province.

Through the joint effort of the Community ENR Office of Mambusao - Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Unit (PAMBCU) and Monitoring and Enforcement Section (MES) under the Provincial ENR Office in Capiz, a rescue operation was conducted on August 17, 2021 with information that the said animals are located in Brgy. Malocloc Norte, Ivisan, Capiz. Upon arrival at Sitio Ilaya of the said barangay, the rescuers saw the two animals caught in an indigenous trap known as “kisiw”. After a thorough physical examination, it was found out that the civet cat has a leg injury due to long hours of being trapped in the “kisiw” prior to its retrieval.

The monitor lizard was released back to its natural habitat at Sitio Aglangit in Brgy. Santa Ana, Tapaz, Capiz the next day. Unfortunately, the civet cat died and was immediately buried.

“All wild animals and plants have a role in our diverse forest ecosystem, with one needing the other. They are always in symbiotic relationship the same way humans are dependent on such ecosystem balance,” said DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 are strengthening communities both in urban and upland areas to inform proper authorities should they found wild plants and animals that need to be turned-over or released to its natural habitat.