PNP Maritime group gets top award PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 June 2015 08:46

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

The Philippine National Police Maritaime Group together with seven other organizations in Asia has received the first Asia Environment Enforcement Award.

The PNP Maritme Group was honored in their efforts to  preserve and protect the environment.

The group conducted 1,500 operations  against persons who violated the fisheries and wildlife laws and seizures of endangered aquatic species, 3,000 arrests and collection of more than $300,000 in fines.

The award was given last May 20, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand by the UN Environmental Programme and Freeland.

PNP Officer in Charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina commended the Maritime Group for a job well done and for giving honor to the country.

ChiefSupt. Noel L. Vargas,  chief, PNP Maritime Group, said the accolades given to his unit is a tribute to Mother Nature and in line with the realization of “ Makakalikasan”, one of the PNP’s core values.

Two officers of the group have also been awarded by the Asia Environment Enforcement One of the officers is Sr. Supt. Jonathan Ablang, Deputy for Operations, who was  was recognized for promoting the establishment of marine protected areas.

Sr. Supt. Shepard Reyes, Regional Maritime Unit-9 chief, disclosed that most of the marine protected areas are in Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi- Tawi and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The command gives focus to  planting of mangrove propagules and operations against illegal fishing, dynamite fishing, cyanide fishing, wildlife trafficking and other lawlessness that  destroy the environment.

” Every month we plant mangrove propagules. Since 2014 we already planted millons of mangrove propagules in all of ZAMBASULTA areas,” Reyes said.

Reyes started the mangrove planting when he was the former regional chief of RMU- ARMM.

”We hopethat the local populace will take good care of the mangrove propagules that we planted because it is for the future generations in preserving and protecting the environment for spawning areas of fish,”  Reyes said. — Allen Abastillas