Articles worth reading

Taliptip residents to start new businesses under SMC reseller program

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time4 days ago

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has ramped up its micro-entrepreneurship program for former residents of Barangay Taliptip in Bulakan, Bulacan, with 11 cooperative groups set to start their own SMC community reseller stores in different areas of the pro...

Metro News

In an effort to automate the operations of the DENR as well as law enforcement officers in apprehending wildlife criminals, the DENR, in partnership with USAID, launches a filtering app called WildALERT / PNA

DENR launches mobile app to prevent wildlife trafficking

account_balanceMetro News account_circleJake Cruz chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

The Department Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Biodiversity Management Bureau and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have developed a digital tool to help forest rangers and law enforcement partners in the fight against wildlife trafficking.

The application, named WildALERT, is a system made up of a mobile interface, a species library, and a report management platform that will identify wildlife species.

Developer John Calanday, in an interview Tuesday, said the app envisions to providing necessary and immediate information for the DENR assets on the ground who are on the lookout for wildlife criminals.

Advertisement

“The 2GB app can be used offline for identification and they can submit a report to nearby police officers or law enforcement officers for help to apprehend,” he said.

The app is an easily accessible offline digital reference for DENR personnel and law enforcers to help them correctly identify various species of wildlife.

Currently, it has 480 species in its library, which is easily searchable using the app’s filtering tool.

This feature, he said, is very useful for identifying unfamiliar species by narrowing down descriptive categories.

The species library is also publicly available online at wildalert.ph.

It is now being used for pilot testing by selected DENR officials and law enforcement officers and is targeted to be available nationwide among DENR officials, including forest rangers by April 2020.

Calanday said they are gearing to make it accessible to the public by next year so everyone can contribute to the protection of wildlife in the country.

In a media interview at the sidelines of the World Wildlife Day celebration, DENR Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr. said “prosecution of wildlife crimes is science-based”.

Hence, he said it is appropriate that the frontliners gain an information tool that will help them assess their report.

“In highly-critical situations of reporting wildlife crimes and managing reports submitted from the field, not everyone is capable of identifying. It is vital when we file cases,” he said.

Wildlife law enforcers can report poaching, trafficking and illegal trade of wildlife using WildALERT.

Through the app’s reporting feature, photos and key information can be recorded, geo-tagged, and submitted to the WildALERT report management platform.

Reports are then accessed and managed by the DENR field units and the Biodiversity Management Bureau for appropriate action.

App users can also access a directory of DENR offices across the Philippines for incidents requiring immediate action.


date_rangeDate Published
1 year ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Homicide cases rise in April 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

The nationwide rate of homicide cases increased by 21.8 percent in April amid the easing of quarantine restrictions in some regions, an official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said in a report by Philippine News Agency.. In a press briefing...

Photo courtesy of: 7CRG, CRSAFP

AFP Mobile Kitchen feeds Quezon City families 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through its Mobile Kitchen project provided hot meals for lunch and dinner to individuals and families in need at Barangay Socorro, Quezon City on Thursday, April 29. “The AFP Mobile Kitchen is one of ...

Parañaque eyes 5,000 daily inoculations 

account_balanceParañaque chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

To achieve herd immunity, the Parañaque City government targets to inoculate at least 5,000 residents daily, once a steady supply of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine becomes available, according to a report by Philippine News Agency...

The struggles in 2020 of the casino industry in the Philippines

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode8 months ago

Do you want to learn more about the challenges and predictions for the gambling industry in the Philippines? Find all answers in this article!

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
×
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature