Logs seized in CDO, Lanao Norte

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

ABOUT 1000 board feet of allegedly illegally cut logs have been seized in a joint operation between the police from Bulua police station and the city local environment and natural resources office (Clenro).

After receiving a tip from an undisclosed informant, Edwin Dael, Clenro chief, along with the police lurked in the roadside in Sitio Bulao in Barangay Iponan dawn on Tuesday.

“We received a tip around 10 in the evening on December 9 and around 2 in the morning, the truck carrying the illegal lumber passed by,” said Dael.

Dael said they seized more than 1,000 board feet of lumber from naturally grown trees.

“Dili pwede putlon kay naturally grown trees man (Those trees are naturally grown; and they prohibited for cutting),” said Dael.

The police officers arrested Jolie Pairat from El Salvador City and the driver Concordio Actub.

He said the truck used to haul the illegally cut logs is held under the custody of Bulua police.

Charges will be filed after the Pairat and Actub could explain their sides, Dael said.

Clenro–Initao will handle the case, but Bulua police and Clenro-CDO will execute an affidavit against the two.

Biggest recorded

In Sultan Naga Dimaporo in Lanao del Norte province, the 35th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army seized 430 pieces of flitches of assorted “lawaan” species also in a joint anti-illegal logging operations in Ilian village here on December 4.

Colonel Rommel Manuel, battalion commander of 35th IB based in Salvador town, told Sun*Star that the provincial environment and natural resources office (Penro) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) estimated the haul at 30,000 board feet, the biggest confiscated flitches from illegally cut logs it has ever recorded.

Manuel said last year the military also confiscated 27,000 board feet of illegally cut logs also in Ilian.

Penro-DENR requested that the currently seized logs have been stored inside the battalion compound for scaling and security purposes.

Col. Demmy Tejares, 2nd Mechanize Infantry Brigade commander, cited that as far as Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM), under Executive Order 23, the military is mandated to support the law enforcement of total log ban and the anti illegal logging to curve further environmental degradation."

Tejares said that the 30,000 board feet is equivalent to 7,000 to 10,000 trees cut inside the protected forest area of Rebucon Mountain between Nunungan and Sultan Naga Dimaporo towns."

Tejares urged Penro-DENR in region 10 to file criminal and administrative charges against the barangay chair and the council members of Ilian for they allegedly tolerated the illegal “logging activities.”

"Kung may makita akong may ka sabwat sa illegal logging activities ang ilang personnel sa PENRO at DENR, isali na sa kaso" Tejares added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 11, 2013.

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