MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday said that it will upgrade the facilities of the National Wildlife Rescue and Research Center (NWRRC) at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.
The NWRRC facility shelters exotic and endangered wildlife, including those recovered from illegal trafficking and trade operations.
“We will enhance, upgrade and redesign the [NWRRC] so it can be brought up to global standards,” DENR Secretary Antonia Loyzaga said in a post on the agency’s Facebook page on Tuesday.
Loyzaga said the DENR will form a team of biodiversity experts that will be part of the advisory group of the NWRRC’s refurbishment and will also work on protecting wildlife in the country.
Over 200 Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Units in airports and seaports will also be mobilized, and over 700 Wildlife Enforcement Officers will be trained.
Loyzaga added that as a biodiverse country, the Philippines must initiate moves to counter illegal wildlife trade and crimes.
““This is very important because the Philippines is one of the mega biodiverse countries in the world. We are a hotspot, and therefore, we must make very good use of our protection and enhancement capabilities in order to stop illegal wildlife trade and all other wildlife crimes,” she stressed.