The 4th National Wildlife Law Enforcement Summit, held in Malay, Aklan, convened 117 participants to revisit the Wildlife Law Enforcement Action Plan (WILDLEAP) last March 18-23, 2023. Participants of the summit were representatives of different Law Enforcement Agencies from DENR Regional Offices, Bureau of Customs, PNP Maritime Group, Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Ports Authority, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and from different civic society organizations.

The Kasama ng Kalikasan team of Tanggol Kalikasan uncovered pressing environmental challenges faced by the Polillo Group of Islands (POGI) in a survey conducted from October 12 to 16, 2023. Polillo Group of Islands is composed of 27 islands located in the province of Quezon which has one of the longest coastal areas in the Philippines. POGI is 300 kilometers away from Benham Rise (Philippine Rise), a designated “protected food supply exclusive zone” where mining and oil exploration are strictly prohibited.

The 2024 Institute of Environmental Governance (IEG) Partners Meeting, held at Central Luzon State University in Science City of Muños, Nueva Ecija on February 19, 2024, was a resounding success. The event brought together coordinators and members from 28 state colleges and universities across the Philippines, fostering a vibrant exchange of ideas and showcasing remarkable achievements in environmental governance.

A courtesy visit and meeting with Occidental Mindoro Governor Eduardo Gadiano was held last November 20, 2023 at his office with Tanggol Kalikasan senior legal adviser, Atty. Asis Perez, and livelihood consultant, Sally Bulatao together with current and former BFAR Provincial Fisheries Officers, Edgardo Payas and Ruperto Alforque.

Tanggol Kalikasan reports a total 5,201 baby turtles which have been returned in Tayabas Bay by the Bantay-Dagat since December 2023. The Bantay-Dagat in the area are trained on proper handling and caring of local turtles known as “pawikan” by Tanggol Kalikasan in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.