DAVAO Region will be the pilot area for a drone plane intended to be deployed to track down illegal loggers and identify hotspots for their national greening program, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Davao Director Jaselin Marcus Fragada said.
The DENR-Davao is targeting to reduce the number of illegal logging hotspots in the region down to three this year.
Fragada, speaking in Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Annex, said only 16 illegal logging hotspots were left as of June this year compared to the 66 hotspots named last year.
Fragada said the decrease is in line with the implementation of Executive Order 23, which declared a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in natural and residual forest.
He said this can be attributed to the intense effort of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and DENR-Davao in knocking down the equipment used for logging.
The advocacies and programs of the Aquino administration also contributed to the decrease in the illegal logging hotspots in the region, according to Fragada.
He said hotspots are areas where there is frequent illegal logging activity. At present, there are hotspots in the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Compostela Valley.
The director said the total hotspots in Davao Oriental are in Highway San Jose, Boston, Highway Papag, San Rafael; Cateel Highway, So. Pag-asa, Barangay San Ignacio, Manay; So. Bangol, Tubaon, Tarragona; Barangay Calapagan, Lupon; and Barangay Macambol, Mati City.
The hotspots in Compostella Valley are in Barangay Datu Davao and Kidawa, Laak, Barangay Rizal and Poblacion, Monkayo and Barangay Ngan, Compostella; and Barangay Napnapan and Las Arenas, Maco.
The hotspots in the province of Davao del Norte are Barangay Gupitan, Suaon and Florida, Kapalong.