25 endangered species rescued in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – The city government has rescued 25 endangered species here from October to March, Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin said on Wednesday, March 13.


A PANGOLIN was among the endangered species rescued in Angeles City. (Photo via Liezle Basa-Inigo) 

Lazatin said these were three Philippine long-tailed macaques, seven reticulated pythons, a Philippine pangolin, a grass owl, 12 scorpions, and a Philippine scops owl.

The rescue was an effort of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office headed by Rosendo Makabali and personnel of the City Veterinary Office led by Dr. Christian Xyric Arcilla.

These endangered animals were turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 3.

Lazatin thanked residents for reporting the presence of these animals to the city government for proper handling and care.

He said animal welfare is one of his programs and urged the people here to turn over captured or rescued wild animals to authorities.

Lazatin reminded constituents with exotic pets to register them and secure necessary permits with the DENR.

Republic Act No. 9147, the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, prohibits the possession, transport, and collection of wildlife species and its derivatives without necessary permits from the DENR.