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BUREAU OF FOREST DEVELOPMENT

    BUREAU OF FOREST DEVELOPMENT

    CIRCULAR NO. 08

    SUBJECT: MNR Administrative Order No. 12, Series of 1979

    Re: Regulations for the Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Philippines.

     1. Quoted hereunder is MNR Administrative Order No. 12, dated November 15,1979 Re:

     Regulations for the Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Philippines, for your

     information and guidance, to wit:

     "November 15, 1979

     "MNR ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER No. 12, Series of 1979

     "SUBJECT: Regulations for the Conservation of Marine Turtles in the

     Philippines.

     "1. In line with the President's desire for the conservation of marine

     turtles as enunciated in Executive Order No. 542, dated June 26, 1979, the

     following regulations are hereby promulgated for strict compliance of all

     concerned:

     "(a) Except in Regions 9 and 12, no new permits for collecting,

     gathering, utilizing, possessing, transporting, removing and/or

     disposing of marine turtles, turtle eggs and its by-products shall

     be issued from the date of effectivity of this order.

     "(b) In Regions 9 and 12, 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 specified in the permit by the

     Director of Forest Development and provided, further, that such

     harvest, except turtle eggs, shall be sold only to the BFD and BFAR

     and such other agencies to be authorized by the Minister of Natural

     Resources a prices duly prescribed.

     "The Government shall then utilize and dispose of these harvests in

     support of the pawikan conservation program particularly to assure

     the immediate setting up of turtle sanctuaries and to maintain and

     increase the breeding population.

     "(c) All existing permits shall be valid only up to December 1979,

     or if the permits are to expire earlier than December 1979, the same

     shall no longer be renewed or extended except as provided in

     paragraphs (a) and (b) herein above.

     "(d) Exports of marine turtles, turtle eggs and its by- products

     thereof of whatever kind or state are hereby banned.

     "(e) Any person who shall collect, gather, utilize, possess,

     transport, remove, export and/or dispose of marine turtles, turtle

     eggs or any of its by-products in violation of the provision of this

     Order shall be punished by a fine of not more than 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 her

     permit shall be automatically cancelled.

     "2. Enforcement of the provisions of this Order shall be the responsibility

     of the BFD and BFAR. The Minister of Natural Resources may deputize other

     competent persons a may be necessary in the successful enforcement of this

     Order.

     "3. This Order shall include not only marine turtles described by BFD

     Administrative Order No. 1 dated July 10,1974, but also soft-shelled or

     fresh water turtles (Trionyx sp.)

     "4. This Order amends/modifies/supersedes accordingly, previous

     order/issuances inconsistent herewith.

     "5. This Order shall take effect sixty (60) days after its publication in

     the Official Gazette or two newspaper of general circulation.

     "J. ANTONIO AGUENZA

     Officer-in-Charge

     Ministry of Natural Resources"

     2. Your compliance herewith is enjoined.

     EDMUNDO V. CORTES

     Director

     Bureau of Forest Development

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