Sunday , June 24, 2018

Police step up fight vs illegal fishing, logging in Eastern Visayas

THE police in Eastern Visayas Region have intensified its fight against illegal logging and fishing.

From October 5 to 8, the police conducted 69 operations against illegal logging and 47 operations against illegal fishing resulting to the arrest of 92 individuals.

The police seized several chainsaws, fishing boats, mesh nets, and active gear compressors.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Eastern Visayas Director Gilbert Cruz said on Monday that the crackdown, which was done in some parts of Leyte, Biliran, and Samar provinces, indicates the presence of such illegal activities that destroy the region's natural resources.

“With these confiscations, I think I need to talk to officials of the local government, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),” Cruz said.

“We don’t want this to be a way of life without someone checking because some people are not aware that what they are doing is illegal. They just want to survive,” Cruz added.

The PRO will also deploy more personnel in key areas to help in the government's fight against these illegal activities.

According to the DENR, Eastern Visayas' sea and inland waters are rich sources of salt and fresh water fish and other marine products. It also has a total land area of 2,143,169 hectares, of which 1,118,214 hectares are established as forestland and 1,024,955 hectares are alienable and disposable lands. (PNA)