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OkSi Rep. Sato hails committee approval of her wildlife protection bill

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Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato hailed the committee approval of her bill that seeks to strengthen the protection of wildlife resources.

Sato said that her proposed “Revised Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act” hurdled the House Natural Resources Committee.

“Ang kasalukuyang illegal wildlife trade na lumalaganap ay isa nang organized, well-funded, well-connected, transnational crime. Katulad na ito ng sa iligal na droga, armas at maging human trafficking,” said the congresswoman.

“Kasabay nito ang nakakabahalang mga pag-aaral sa paglaganap din ng ‘zoonotic diseases’, o ang mga sakit na nakukuha ng tao mula sa mga virus, bacteria, fungi at parasites mula sa mga hayop,” she added.

The lawmaker said that her proposed measure aims to expand the coverage of illegal activities as well as to impose heavier penalty.

“Layon nitong palawakin ang sakop ng mga ipinagbabawal na gawain, bigyan ng mas mabigat at mahabang parusang pagkakulong at mas malaking multa at pag-ibayuhin ang koordinasyon ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan at kooperasyon sa INTERPOL at ASEANAPOL upang masawata ang mga sindikatong nasa likod ng illegal wildlife trade,” she said.

“Maraming salamat po sa inyong suporta Cong. Pidi Barzaga, Chairman ng Natural Resources Committee, mga kapwa kong may akda na sina Cong. Rufus Rodriguez at Cong. Mikey Arroyo, mga partners natin mula sa DENR, Biodiversity Management Bureau, Forest Management Bureau, Department of Agriculture, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, UNDP-BioFin Philippines at Office of the Special Envoy for Transnational Crimes,” she added.