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SALUTATIONS

ISANG MAKAKALIKASANG UMAGA SA ATING LAHAT!

WE'VE JUST WITNESSED TODAY, THE OATH-TAKING OF OUR PARTNERS' FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AND OUR BARANGAY LEADERS, THE KINDRED SPIRITS SHARING AND COMMITTING TO THE PURSUIT OF A CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT NOT ONLY FOR US BUT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. THE DENR VALUES YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR COMMON ENDEAVOR.

ANG TEMA NG ATING SELEBRASYON AY "PROTECT THE SPECIES." KUNG KAYA'T NAGAGALAK AKO NA NAKIKIISA KAYO SA MGA PROGRAMA NG ATING PAMAHALAAN PATUNGKOL SA PANGANGALAGA NG KAGUBATAN, MAKAKALIKASANG PARAAN SA PAMAMAHALA NO BASURA AT PANGANGALAGA SA ATING PROTECTED AREAS. NAGAGALAK AKO SA MAKAKALIKASANG PARAAN SA PAMAMAHALA SA BAWAT LUGAR NA SAKOP NG INYONG ORGANISASYON.

THE BATTLE FOR MANILA BAY, WHICH IS THE MASSIVE CLEANUP AND REHABILITATION PROGRAM HAS BEGUN AND WE IN THE DENR HAVE BEEN LABORING WITH PASSION IN RESCUING MANILA BAY FROM DEGRADATION BROUGHT ABOUT BY DECADES OF ABUSE AND MISUSE.

NAGTAGUMPAY TAW SA BORACAY, WALANG DAHILAN PARA MABIGO TAYO SA MANILA BAY. ARE YOU READY TO FACE THE CHALLENGE? (PAUSE-WAIT FOR RESPONSE.)

ISAPUSO NA TIN ANG PAGLILINIS SA ATING KAPALIGIRAN, AND LET US DO IT HAVING IN MIND THE NEXT GENERATIONS OF FILIPINOS WHO MAY NO LONGER HAVE A LIVABLE ENVIRONMENT IF WE SLACKEN IN OUR FERVOR AS ENVIRONMENT CRUSADERS.

NAIS KO RING IPABATID NA ANG DENR AY NAGHIHIGPIT SA PANGANGALAGA NG MGA HAYOP SA KAGUBA TAN NA MADALAS MABIKTIMA NG ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE.

JUST RECENTLY, TASK FORCE POGI CONFISCATED OVER 50 MILLION PESOS WORTH OF LIVE ANIMALS SMUGGLED FROM INDONESIA. FOLLOWING THIS, THE BUREAU OF CUSTOMS INTERCEPTED 700 LIVE TARANTULAS VALUED AT 310 THOUSAND PESOS AT THE NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. TWO SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED INCLUDING THE CONSIGNEE OF THE SHIPMENT FROM POLAND. LET ME EMPHATICALLY STATE - WE WILL NEVER CONDONE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE/AS THIS WILL DEFINITELY LEAD TO THE EXTINCTION OF SPECIES.

STUDIES OF THE ASEAN CENTRE FOR BIODIVERSITY STATES THAT THOUSANDS OF SPECIES ARE ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION. ASIDE FROM THIS ALARMING INFORMATION,

THE WORLDWIDE FUND FOR NATURE SAYS THAT POPULATION OF MAMMALS, BIRDS, REPTILES, INCLUDING AMPHIBIANS AND FISH HAVE DWINDLED BY 52 PERCENT OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS. VIGILANCE IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY. WE WILL NEVER LET OUR GUARD DOWN AGAINST ANIMAL POACHERS AND TRAFFICKERS. WE WILL NEVER ALLOW OUR BELOVED COUNTRY TO BE A TRANSSHIPMENT POINT FOR THIS UNLAWFUL ACTIVITY.
IF YOU KNOW ANY ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE, WE ENJOIN YOU TO WORK HAND IN GLOVE WITH US IN CURTAILING THIS NEFARIOUS TRADE BY INFORMING US SO WE CAN ACT DECISIVELY AND FAST AGAINST THESE ILLEGAL TRADERS.

LET'S LOVE AND CARE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR WILDLIFE SPECIES BECAUSE THIS IS OUR NOBLE AND GREAT LEGACY TO OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN.

IKAW, AKO, TAYO ANG KALIKASAN!

SALAMAT PO.