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PAGLULUNSAD NG INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM ON COMBATING WILDLIFE AND FOREST CRIME ANALYTIC TOOLKIT SA PILIPINAS, SUPORTADO NG UNITED STATES

Ni Vivian R. Bautista

PORMAL nang inilunsad noong ika-23 ng Mayo taong kasalukuyan ang United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)-Environment Team, na may suporta mula sa U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), ang International Consortium on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit sa Pilipinas.

Sa pamamagitan ng proyektong ito, susuriin umano ng UNODC ang mga mekanismo ng hustisyang pang-krimen ng Pilipinas at mga tugon sa pagpigil para sa pagtugon sa wildlife flora at fauna trafficking sa malapit na pakikipagtulungan ng mga kaugnay na ahensya ng gobyerno, tulad ng nangungunang ahensya na Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB).

“Wildlife trafficking is a serious crime that is already negatively affecting the world, especially Southeast Asia. By illegally taking wildlife from their natural ecosystems and bringing them to cities for commercial purposes, we are exposing our society to risks that might be uncontrollable,” ani Acting DENR Secretary Jim Sampulna.

“DENR serves not only as a stakeholder for this project, but as a champion for change and process improvement that can enhance the criminal justice system. The presence of so many government agencies here reflects the commitment to, prioritization of, and readiness for working together to fully comprehend and provide solutions to mitigate this type of crime,” saad ni INL Director Kelia Cummins.

Photo//U.S Embassy in the Philippines Information Office

Ang toolkit, na na-deploy sa 12 bansa, ay tumutulong din umano sa pagbuo ng mga maikli, katamtaman, at pangmatagalang rekomendasyon para sa maimpluwensyang aksyon at mga tugon upang labanan ang wildlife at krimen sa kagubatan.

Ang inisyatiba na ito ay bahagi ng Php40 milyon ($800,000) ng INL, tatlong (3) taong proyektong Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime in Southeast Asia na ipinatupad ng UNODC Global Program for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, na sumusuporta sa mga pangunahing ahensya sa ilang bansa.

Samantala, nasa halos 40 na matataas na opisyal mula sa iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno at nongovernment at internasyonal na organisasyon ang dumalo sa nasabing paglulunsad, kabilang ang National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine National Police- Maritime Group, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), at Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime.

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