Republic Act No. 9147 otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act is an act providing for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources and their habitats, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes.
The following are the objectives of RA 9147:
- to conserve and protect wildlife species and their habitats to promote ecological balance and enhance biological diversity;
- to regulate the collection and trade of wildlife;
- to pursue, with due regard to the national interest, the Philippine commitment to international conventions, protection of wildlife and their habitats; and
- to initiate or support scientific studies on the conservation of biological diversity.
Illegal Acts under RA 9147 - Unless otherwise allowed in accordance with this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to willfully and knowingly exploit wildlife resources and their habitats, or undertake the following acts;
a. killing and destroying wildlife species, except in the following instances;
i. when it is done as part of the religious rituals of established tribal groups or indigenous cultural communities;
ii. when the wildlife is afflicted with an incurable communicable disease;
iii. when it is deemed necessary to put an end to the misery suffered by the wildlife;
iv. when it is done to prevent an imminent danger to the life or limb of a human being; and
v. when the wildlife is killed or destroyed after it has been used in authorized research or experiments.
b. inflicting injury which cripples and/or impairs the reproductive system of wildlife species;
c. effecting any of the following acts in critical habitat(s)
i. dumping of waste products detrimental to wildlife;
ii. squatting or otherwise occupying any portion of the critical habitat;
iii. mineral exploration and/or extraction;
v. logging; and
d. introduction, reintroduction or restocking of wildlife resources;
e. trading of wildlife;
f. collecting, hunting or possessing wildlife, their by-products and derivatives;
g. gathering or destroying of active nests, nest trees, host plants and the like;
h. maltreating and/or inflicting other injuries not covered by the preceding paragraph; and
i. transporting of wildlife.
For the Protection and Preservation of Wildlife Resources, the Maritime Group has conducted 42 operations which resulted in the arrest of 42 individuals and confiscation of assorted marine mammals and endangered species with an estimated amount of seized evidence costing to Php737, 000.00.