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Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center PDF Print E-mail
Project Name: Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (formerly CFI)
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Implementing Agency/ies: NRDC per DAO 2002-11
Duration: Continuing Program of the DENR

Short Description
The Crocodile Farming Institute (CFI) was established by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in cooperation with the Government of Japan in 1987 to prevent the further decline of the two species of crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus and Crocodylus mindorensis) found in the Philippines. The Technical Cooperation Agreement between the two countries ended on 19 August 1994. Since then the CFI has become solely a project of the Philippine Government.

Initially the primary objectives of CFI are: (1) to conserve the two endangered species of crocodiles in the Philippines and (2) to promote the socio-economic well-being of local communities through the development and introduction of a sustainable crocodile farming technology.

Realizing the potentials of the CFI, DENR has expanded its functions to include other Palawan wildlife. In 1994 CFI was designated as the only wildlife refuge and rescue center for the province of Palawan. Thus, CFI created a Wildlife Research and Rescue Unit to specifically attend to the needs of these confiscated and donated animals.

On June 19, 2000, the CFI was renamed as Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) by virtue of DENR Administrative Order No. 2000-49. The PWRCC has four (4) major components such as: (1) Crocodile Farming; (2) Wildlife Rescue Center; (3) Ecological Destination Park; and, (4) PWRCC training Center.

The PWRCC/CFI was the first, and so far the only crocodile breeding farm in the Philippines registered with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora. It became a CITES-registered facility on March 11, 1993 through CITES Notification to the Parties No. 732. Such registration confers to PWRCC/CFI the privilege to use captive-bred C. porosus for commercial purposes.


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Status of Implementation

1. The success of PWRCC/CFI to breed Saltwater Crocodile, the international recognition of CFI as a CITES-registered facility for said species, and the need to promote the crocodile farming industry in the country and attain the PWRCC/CFI’s objective of providing alternative/supplemental livelihood to Filipino people/local communities, has finally led the DENR to issue DAO No. 99-45 on November 5, 1999 .

2. The said DAO authorizes PWRCC/CFI through NRDC to sell captive-bred C. porosus to qualified individuals/private entities (known as Cooperators). The Cooperators, under the said DAO, are privileged to use stock acquired from PWRCC/CFI for crocodile leather industry, direct trade, and commercial breeding purposes.

3. To enhance the economic potential of C. porosus and facilitate the development of PWRCC/CFI into a self-sustaining project, the DENR turned over the supervision, operation and management of the Project from PAWB to NRDC on March 5, 2002 through DENR Administrative Order No 2002-11. However, official turn over took effect only on April 15, 2002. The technical and regulatory functions over the Project are retained with PAWB.

Presently, six (6) Cooperators are maintaining several individuals of C. porosus in their respective breeding facilities, as follows:

Name of Cooperators Address

No. of Crocodiles Maintained

Philippine Ostrich and Crocodile Farm, Inc. Cagayan de Oro City 250 head
Golden Acre Farms Lipa City Batangas 150 head
Pulunan Farms Corporation Trece Martirez, Cavite 350 head
JK Mercado and Sons Agricultural Enterprises Kapalong, Davao City 400 head
Coral Farms Tanay, Rizal 2,200 hea

4. As of 3rd Qtr. 2009, the PWRCC is maintaining a total of 553 heads of Philippine Crocodile (C. mindorensis ) and 689 heads of Saltwater Crocodile (C. porous);

C. mindorensis – Acquired 137 hd.
Farm-bred 416 hd.

C. porosus - Acquired 136 hd.
- Farm-bred 553 hd.

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