Davao, Caraga environment officials sacked-A A +A
Sunday, July 1, 2012
MANILA (Updated 2:42 p.m.) -- Thirty-one officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were removed from service for failure to stop illegal logging in forested areas of Davao and Caraga regions.
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, who ordered the relief on Saturday, said these officials have not done enough to implement the nationwide logging ban because his office still receive reports of log confiscations in thousands of pieces.
Paje identified the relieved regional officials as follows: Caraga (Region 13) Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca and Davao (Region 11) Executive Director Jim Sampulna; Caraga Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Forestry Musa Saruang, Davao RTD for Forestry Hardinado Patnugot, and Davao Forest Resources Conservation Division acting chief Claudio Jumao-as.
Also sacked were Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Penro)–Agusan del Norte Rosendo Asunto, Penro-Agusan del Sur Belo Udarbe, Penro-Surigao del Sur Domingo Cabrera Jr., Penro-Davao del Norte Marcia Isip, Penro-Davao Oriental Gregorio Lagura, and Penro-Compostela Valley Julius Valdez.
Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Cenro)-Butuan City/Nasipit Vicente Sembrano, Cenro-Tubay/Cabadbaran Elvin Indig, Cenro-Bayugan Ruel Efren, Cenro-Bunawan Jerome Tadem, Cenro-Loreto Alberto Bacanaya, Cenro-San Francisco Marlon Gelingo, Cenro-Talacogon Eufracio Subayno, Cenro-Cantilan Mario Tioaquen, Cenro-Bislig Ferdinand Alba, Cenro-Lianga Jose Mario Reyes, and Cenro-Tandag Rogelio Montenegro were also removed.
Cenros from Davao who were likewise relieved of their posts were Cenro-Davao City (West) Napoleon Paje, Davao City (East) Melchor Ozaraga, Robinson Camacho (Baganga), Basilio Caralos (Lupon), Restituta Dime (Mati), Dioscor Gavarra (Manay), Marvin Parilla (Maco), Victor Billones (Monkayo), and Antonio Inguillo (Nabunturan).
A total of 32 employees were either dismissed or suspended, 34 were charged of various offenses, while 176 were under investigation as of May due to lapses in implementing the logging ban, DENR records show.
President Benigno Aquino III in February 2011 issued Executive Order 23 declaring a moratorium on the cutting or harvesting of timber in natural and secondary forests nationwide. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)