Wildlife Sentinel Award Philippines

Introducing WiSe

WiSe, the first award of its kind in the Philippines, recognises exemplary law enforcement officers and encourages continued progress and commitment along the five themes of the award:

Innovation, Collaboration, Impact, Integrity, and Leadership.

Nominations for the WiSe awards are open until

30 June 2024

Kanitha Krishnasamy, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia Director

Many have years, even decades of experience, in overcoming complicated and sometimes dangerous situations, in the name of protecting our shared natural heritage. We want to spotlight their remarkable contributions, and hopefully also inspire others to join the fight against wildlife crime.

Kanitha Krishnasamy, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia Director

How to nominate

Nomination guide

  • Anyone can submit a nomination
  • Self nomination is accepted
  • Complete the nomination form
  • Upload the nomination with the supporting documents
  • Shortlisted nominees will be contacted by the secretariat

For further information, please refer to the brochure.

submit a nomination:

Individual Unit Group

Kanitha Krishnasamy, Director of TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, introducing the WiSe award at the Opening Programme of the 4th National Wildlife Law Enforcement Summit.


Do you know a wildlife sentinel?

Who can be sentinels?

WiSe recognises the exemplary contributions of Investigations Units, Law Enforcement Agencies, and the prosecution service of the Philippines. They can be an individual, a unit, or an inter-agency group.

  • Government employee (permanent, temporary, coterminous, casual, contract of service).
  • Interim or adhoc units and groups may be considered.  
  • Inter-agency groups with members employed outside the eligible government agencies (i.e. Local Government Units) or belonging to non-government entities may be considered if the majority of the group are eligible.  
  • Posthumous nominations may be considered.

Nominees must not have been found guilty of any administrative or criminal offence involving moral turpitude nor have any pending case against them at the time of nomination and deliberation. 

Northern Rufous Hornbill © Ondrej Prosicky / Getty Images. Illegal trade is a significant threat to the Philippine's hornbills.


What makes a wildlife sentinel

WiSe has five thematic areas. These themes embody a Wildlife Sentinel who is steadfast in enforcing wildlife laws and combatting illegal wildlife trade in the country.

Contact Us

For queries and clarification, please contact the Secretariat:  

Myka Allam, Program Officer, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia:

Project taking charge 

WiSe is developed under the project Taking Charge: Strengthening Criminal Justice Response to Wildlife Crime – a two-year project aimed at strengthening Philippine law enforcement agencies’ capacity to tackle wildlife crime. TRAFFIC’s strategy focuses on capacity building with enforcement agency staff at key intervention points: channels for the movement and sale of illegal wildlife in the Philippines under four objectives. Learn more about the project.

Supported by the US INL

Taking Charge is funded by the United States Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The opinions, finds and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.


TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working to ensure that trade in wild species is legal and sustainable, for the benefit of the planet and people. TRAFFIC has been working in Southeast Asia since 1991 and in the Philippines since 2016.