Amid the ongoing plantito and plantita trend during the pandemic, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reminded the public on the collection and trade of certain threatened plant species that are covered by a permit issued by the DENR. Plantito and plantita became a by-word among titos (uncle) and titas (aunt) who have engaged into the hobby of collecting and growing houseplants.

Under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, the threatened species are classified either as critically endangered, endangered, and vulnerable. Below are the definitions.

“Threatened species” a general term to denote species or subspecies considered as critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or other accepted categories of wildlife whose population is at risk of extinction;

  • “Critically endangered species” refers to a species or subspecies that is facing extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future;
  • “Endangered species” refers to species or subspecies that is not critically endangered but whose survival in the wild is unlikely if the causal factors continue operating;
  • “Vulnerable species” refers to species or subspecies that is not critically endangered nor endangered but is under threat from adverse factors throughout their range and is likely to move to the endangered category in the near future;

The DENR is calling the public to report the sellers of these threatened plant species as listed below and help preserve the country’s natural resources.

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Download RA 9147 HERE.

photos by DENR

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