Agusan del Sur residents protest proposed transfer of "Lolong" to QC Parks and Wildlife

Philstar.com reports that some Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) officials have reportedly proposed the transfer of the 21-foot crocodile from the fenced pond in Bunawan town in Agusan del Sur to the lagoon at the PAWB compound inside the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.

Philstar.com reports that some Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) officials have reportedly proposed the transfer of the 21-foot crocodile from the fenced pond in Bunawan town in Agusan del Sur to the lagoon at the PAWB compound inside the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.

 

The report quoted Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde, who said, "All local government officials of Bunawan and the villagers of Barangay Nueva Era should be consulted if they insist on transferring Lolong and I am sure they will not agree."

 

Still, PAWB Director Mundita Lim said that the bureau could take care of Lolong, who could be released in the seven-hectare PAWB lagoon, which is part of the 65-hectare Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.

Meawhile, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje said that if the planned transfer of Lolong is done, "visitors who want to see the animal could be charged with a small fee to raise funds for the park."

 

However, Elorde reiterated, "It is not personal attachments to Lolong or whatever that we disagree, it is the people's will because Lolong really belongs to Bunawan, no more, no less."

 

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