Police, Cafgu to conduct patrol vs illegal loggers-A A +A
Saturday, October 5, 2013
TASK Force Ilahas (TFI) action officer Gabriel Gutierrez said they will conduct frequent joint patrol with the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) assigned at the Canlusong detachment in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental, to prevent illegal loggers from further cutting trees in the remaining forest reserve in the area.
Gutierrez issued this statement after a three-day retrieval operation of illegally cut trees in nine areas at Sitio Marigauk, Barangay Canlusong in EB Magalona.
He said that about 13,000 board feet of lauan and other trees of endangered species, estimated at P780,000 worth had been cut by poachers in the area with the intention to processes it into charcoal.
Gutierrez said these would have produced around 100 sacks of charcoal.
He explained that the recovered logs and round timber of lauan, an endemic specie that had been cut by poachers in the Canlusong forest reserve, were sliced into lumber for easy transport by carabao-drawn carts to sitio Ilaya.
These were transported to the Provincial Environment Management Office nursery at the Panaad Park in Bacolod City, for proper disposition.
Gutierrez added that the retrieved premium lumber was estimated at 2,120 board feet.
He added that 34 sacks of abandoned charcoal were also recovered by TFI operatives, in coordination with troopers of the Canlusong detachment and Bantay Bukid Brigade members.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 05, 2013.