What is the Wildlife Act?
The Act provides for the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife species and their habitats, in order to preserve and encourage ecological balance and biological diversity. It provides, furthermore, for the control and supervision of wildlife capture, hunting and trade. Finally, it pprovides for supporting and promote scientific research on the protection of biodiversity.
The provisions of this Act shall apply to all wildlife species overall, including those living in the protected areas as per the Republic Act No. 7586, National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act and also to exotic species that could be traded,live, and/or bred in captivity or propagated in the country.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shall preside over all terrestrial plants and animals, turtles and tortoises and wetland species, including also crocodiles, waterbirds and all amphibians and dugong; while the Department of Agriculture (DA) shall provide for all aquatic habitats deemed critical, all aquatic resources including all fishes, aquatic plants, invertebrates and all marine mammals, except dugong.