Cultural Properties Division
REPORT ON “TRAINING ON IVORY AND MARKING TECHNIQUES”
As part of the National Museum’s continuous capacity building in aid of the wildlife enforcement and in the prevention of illicit traffic of cultural properties, staff members of the Cultural Properties and Geology Divisions participated in a 3-day training entitled “Ivory Identification and Marking Techniques” held at La Breza Hotel, Quezon City from December 10-12, 2013. Organized by the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), now known as Biodiversity Wildlife Bureau (BWB), in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Bureau, this training was designed for government personnel and officials manning international airports and seaports and involved in the issuance of ivory authenticity certifications or similar documents.
The training involved the use of full set of exemplars or ivory specimens of different species (elephant, mammoth, walrus, sea cow and other mammals) in cross and longitudinal sections which provided a more comprehensive presentation during the training exercises. These specimens were loaned to the Philippines through the National Museum, the CITES scientific authority of the Philippines, by the US Fish and Wildlife (USFW) Forensics Laboratory, the US CITES Scientific Authority. This training was participated in by representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, PAWB, Bureau of Customs, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, National Museum, and National Bureau of Investigation. The training Officer was Mr. George Phocas, USFWS Resident Agent-In-Charge in Southeast Asia.
PREVENTION OF ILLICIT TRAFFIC OF IVORY
NM Directors witness the destruction of ivory tusks in support of the prevention of illicit traffic of ivory
CPD Chief accepts 6 pieces of ivory as donation for education and exhibit purposes from PAWB Director Mundita Lim
TRAINING ON IVORY IDENTIFICATION AND MARKING
CPD staff participates in Training on Ivory Identification and Marking facilitated by PAWB