The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Batangas handed over intercepted animal tusks and mineral stones to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) last week.
The said articles were concealed in a shipment of household goods and were seized for violation of Republic Act No. 9147 otherwise known as Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
Port of Batangas Collector Atty. Ma. Rhea Gregorio and Deputy Collector for Operations Atty. Filemon Mendoza, Jr. transferred to the DENR two animal tusks from elephant and rhinoceros and 11 mineral stones on Jan. 12.
The turnover ceremony was witnessed by the officials of the Port and representatives from DENR-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Asian Terminal Inc., Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(PDEA), and the Commission on Audit (COA).