DENR honors 28 outstanding wildlife law enforcers

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has recognized 28 law enforcement officers for their contribution to government efforts to end illegal wildlife trade.

Marking the local celebration of the World Wildlife Day on March 2, the DENR—through its Biodiversity Management Bureau—gave out gold, silver and bronze medals to officers from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) who became its partners in enforcing wildlife laws and regulations during the past year.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu commended the awardees for their vital role in the arrest and filing of cases against wildlife crime offenders, and the rescue of various wildlife species, most of them are considered endangered.

Cimatu said the battle against wildlife crimes requires a combination of strategies, thus the DENR has been employing the 3Es: education, engagement and enforcement.

“The DENR is strongly resolved to fight wildlife crimes. However, combatting wildlife crimes require a combination of strategies,” Cimatu said in his keynote address, as read by Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Rodolfo Garcia, during the awarding ceremony held at BMB Training Center in Quezon City.

According to Cimatu, educating the public and engaging them are both crucial in the fight against wildlife crime.

“The third E is the reason why we are here—to give proper recognition to those who have distinguished themselves in enforcing the law to protect our wildlife,” Cimatu said.

The following is the complete list of awardees:

GOLD MEDALISTS
1. Abner O. Tecson/ Senior Agent/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
2. Felix B. Odencio/ Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
3. Wilfredo L. Atienza, Jr./ Senior Agent/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

SILVER MEDALISTS
1. Dennis Bartolome/ NBI – Photography and Publication Laboratory Division
2. Wilfred T. Umaming/Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
3. Atty. Marvin R. Matamis/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

BRONZE MEDALISTS
1. Atty. Czar Eric Nuqui/Chief/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
2. Gerard Geralde/Supervising Agent/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
3. Roy Rufino Suñega/ Special Investigator IV/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
4. Rizaldy J. Rivera/Special Investigator V/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
5. Edsel C. Pelete/ Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
6. Claro Ramos/ Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
7. Doriente Durian/Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
8. Melanio Gatchalian/Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
9. Rio C. Ponsones/Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
10. Hilaro S. Yalong/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
11. Roldan Follosco/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division
12. Mr. Rudthen Mendoza/Supervising Agent/ NBI- Bulacan District Office
13. Edgardo Baldemos/Senior Agent/ NBI- Bulacan District Office
14. Federico O. Criste/ Special Investigator IV/ NBI- Bulacan District Office
15. Nestor Rubel/Senior Police Officer 2/ Station Investigation Detective Management Section (SIDMS) – Pasay City Police
16. Lorene G. Osias/ Senior Police Officer 1/ SIDMS– Pasay City Police
17. Elvin B. Olmedillo/ Police Officer 1/ SIDMS– Pasay City Police
18. Mariano T. Pata, Jr./ Senior Police Officer 1/ SIDMS– Pasay City Police
19. Randy Sevilleno/ Police Officer 2/Police Community Precinct 3 – Marikina City Police
20. Andrei Olanda/ Police Officer 3/ Cabangan Police Station – Zambales
21. Reydor Basa/ Police Officer 2/ Cabangan Police Station – Zambales
22. Alexis Fuenticilla/ Police Officer 2/ Cabangan Police Station – Zambales