To address a strategic approach to protecting wildlife through DNA fingerprinting, Dr. Mudjekeewis Santos, Scientist V and chief of the Training Division of the DA-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), served as trainer and facilitator of the “Training on Forensic DNA Barcoding” on June 25-27, 2024 at the West Philippines University – Puerto Princesa Campus in Palawan.

The training was conducted as part of a collaborative project, “Breaking the Cycle of Illegal Wildlife Trade in Palawan,” funded by the Gerry Roxas Foundation (GRF) under the Investing in Sustainable Partnerships for Inclusive Growth and Regenerative Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Dr. Santos shared his insights and experiences on aquatic wildlife species identification using DNA barcoding.

An inauguration of the Wildlife Forensic Laboratory and a ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Diliman Science Research Foundation (DSRF) of the University of the Philippines and the Western Philippines University (WPU) were also conducted during the opening program wherein Dr. Santos served as the moderator. ### (Vanessa Mae Escaño)