Amid the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Tuesday vowed to pursue the government’s fight against illegal wildlife trade and uphold the country's ecological integrity.
“We will not be complacent even in today’s worst global humanitarian crisis. We assure the public that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources would not cease in going after illegal wildlife trade criminals, especially those who have seized the opportunity to take advantage of the crisis through wildlife trafficking,” Cimatu said.
He lauded their wildlife enforcers for their continued coordination with all of their partner agencies, particularly with the Bureau of Customs and the National Bureau of Investigation, to fight illegal wildlife trade.
“Just like the other front liners in health, food security, social service, military and economic government institutions, our indefatigable wildlife enforcers have committed to continue with their public service and duty to protect our country’s natural resources. For the same sacrifices they make, we ought to give them their much-deserved salute,” Cimatu said.