No. 12, Series of 1979
the Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Philippines.
"1. In line with
desire for the conservation of marine turtles as enunciated in
Order No. 542, dated June 26, 1979, the following regulations are
promulgated for strict compliance of all concerned:chanroblesvirtuallawlibrary
Except in Regions
9 and 12, no new permits for collecting, gathering, utilizing,
transporting, removing and/or disposing of marine turtles, turtle eggs
and its by-products shall be issued from the date of effectivity of
"2. Enforcement of the
of this Order shall be the responsibility of the BFD and BFAR. The
of Natural Resources may deputize other competent persons a may be
in the successful enforcement of this Order.
"(b) In Regions 9
licenses or permits shall be issued by the Bureau of Forest Development
to collect, gather, utilize and dispose of marine turtles, turtle eggs
and its by-products, provided that the allowable quantity shall be
in the permit by the Director of Forest Development and provided,
that such harvest, except turtle eggs, shall be sold only to the BFD
BFAR and such other agencies to be authorized by the Minister of
Resources a prices duly prescribed.
utilize and dispose of these harvests in support of the pawikan
program particularly to assure the immediate setting up of turtle
and to maintain and increase the breeding population.
"(c) All existing
shall be valid only up to December 1979, or if the permits are to
earlier than December 1979, the same shall no longer be renewed or
except as provided in paragraphs (a) and (b) herein above.
"(d) Exports of
turtle eggs and its by- products thereof of whatever kind or state are
"(e) Any person
collect, gather, utilize, possess, transport, remove, export and/or
of marine turtles, turtle eggs or any of its by-products in violation
the provision of this Order shall be punished by a fine of not more
P600.00 or imprisonment of not more than six (6) months or both, in the
sound discretion of the courts. If the violator is a permittee his or
permit shall be automatically cancelled.
"3. This Order
not only marine turtles described by BFD Administrative Order No. 1
July 10,1974, but also soft-shelled or fresh water turtles (Trionyx sp.)
"4. This Order
accordingly, previous order/issuances inconsistent herewith.
"5. This Order
effect sixty (60) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or
two newspaper of general circulation.
"J. ANTONIO AGUENZA
Ministry of Natural