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Endangered Tamaraws' Guardians Get Insured, Finally

Mindoro's rangers get insurance cover.
by Ara Eugenio
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In this handout photo taken in 2012 and released by World Wide Fund (WWF-PHL) for nature Philippines on October 31, 2014 shows a tamaraw family grazing along the Iglit-Baco mountain range in Occidental Mindoro, southwest of Manila. The population of the Philippines' dwarf buffalo, one of the world's rarest animals, has grown to its largest since efforts to save them from extinction began, conservationists said October 31, 2014.

Rangers guarding the critically endangered Tamaraws of Mindoro now have life insurance valid for a year, its conservation program coordinator said Friday, thanking a local official for heeding the call of advocacy groups. 

Neil Anthony del Mundo, program coordinator of the Tamaraw Conservation Program (TCP), on Facebook thanked Occidental Mindoro Vice Governor Peter de Jesus Alfaro for the much-needed benefit, that was called for by Biofin Philippines and UNDP Philippines in their #TogetherForTamaraw campaign.

As contractual workers, Del Mundo said Tamaraw Rangers don't have life insurance.

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In 2019, the Philippines was named the deadliest country in the world for environmental defenders, which include rangers looking after the majestic beasts that are endemic to Mindoro. 

Faced with the constant threat of lowlanders trying to poach them for meat, Tamaraw Rangers are regularly exposed to harm, as they have no authority to bear guns for self-defense, nor are they equipped with hazard pay to complement their monthly salaries of at least P6,000 pesos. 

Currently, advocates are calling for the passage of the "Tamaraw Conservation Management Act”, which seeks to institutionalize the TCP as an office under the Department of Natural Resources.

If enacted, it is poised to "change everything for Tamaraw conservation," del Mundo earlier said, noting for one, the bill can solve their problem of job and life security especially for the rangers.


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