12-kilo Monitor Lizard Turned Over to Center
A 12-kilo Monitor Lizard, known in the dialect as “Bayawak” or “Halo,” was turned over Saturday afternoon to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) Bago City Wildlife Rescue Center in Bantayan Park, Brgy. Poblacion, Bago. The turn-over was conducted by Jimmy Angelo F. Balista, Farm Manager of Charoen Porkphand Foods Philippines (CPF) Farm, Brgy. Crossing, Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, in coordination with the Local Government of Pulupandan.
The Monitor Lizard, “Bayawak” or “Halo”
According to Mr. Balista they caught the “Halo” inside their fish farm which showed aggressiveness and hostility. The Monitor Lizard is a carnivore and classified as a vulnerable specie.
Possession and collection of these big lizards is in violation of Republic Act 9147, also known as Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.*