Trucks owner clamored for ‘illegal holding’-A A +A
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
TWO truckloads of logs were flagged down by the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) at the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and (Cenro-DENR) checkpoint in Barangay Lumbia Monday night.
Edwin Dael, Clenro chief, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that he got a report of two truckloads of logs being transported, prompting him to gather his team and respond to the alert.
Dael said his team left the two truckloads of logs to the checkpoint in-charge to verify the papers of the hauled logs first thing on Tuesday morning.
“We doubt the document presented to us. There are two truckloads but we saw only one document which doesn’t even contain a plate number. Aldrich Resma, Cenro chief, is in South Korea. We want to make sure that this is not something being ‘maneuvered,” Dael said.
When Dael and team his returned to the checkpoint in Lumbia Tuesday morning, one of the trucks left, which fueled the more Clenro’s doubt.
“The Cenro checkpoint just simply told us, the truck left. We told them not to let go of the trucks until we have verified the papers,” Dael said.
30,000 cut logs
Dael recalled that three weeks ago, his group apprehended a truckload of logs cut from Cagayan de Oro but the permit was issued in Talakag.
“We reported it to DENR. How can that process be possible? They cut trees in Cagayan de Oro and then get the permit in Talakag. Thus, Cenro conducted an inventory and found out 30 truckloads of logs have been cut which are now in barangays Tignapoloan particularly in sitios Man-ay and Dungguan, another in Barangay Besigan and a few in Barangay Tignapoloan,” he said.
The said incident alerted Clenro to ensure that not a single truck could get out of the city.
“This is why we are very cautious with any documents. We need to verify them so that none of those logs could get out from the city’s jurisdiction,” Dael said.
Jone Nacalaban, owner of at least 248 pieces of falcata logs worth P80,000, clamored against the holding of the logs at Lumbia checkpoint until Tuesday despite showing his permit.
Nacalaban said his permit was issued March 24 by DENR-Northern Mindanao and the 10-wheeler truck is owned by his brother in-law.
Nacalaban said the logs are due for delivery to Tagoloan town in Misamis Oriental for lumber use. He showed a document dated December 23, 2013 that bears the signature of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Northern Mindanao Director Ruth Tawantawan, granting a permit to cut, harvest and utilize "planted trees within the private land/area of (the late) Mr. Francisco Bugsahan at Barangay Pigsag-an,” a remote village in Cagayan de Oro.
Bugsahan is the father-in-law of Nacalaban.
Nacalaban said the logging business is commonly owned by the heirs of Bugsahan.
He maintained that what Clenro operatives did was illegal and that it usurped the Environment department. "Kung kasuhan ko nila, walay problema tungod kay naa man ko sa insakto. Dili baya ta gusto maulawan ug madaut ang atong pangalan... kumpleto baya ko sa papeles."
Nacalaban heard that Clenro received reports that "we would be transporting lawaan, a hard wood that loggers are prevented from cutting."
"Pero lantawa ra gud na ninyo, wala kaha sila mabuta ana?" Nacalaban said.
He said he has been in the logging business for years, "pero karon pa gyud mi nadakpan tungod kay nagsunod man gyud mi sa balaud, magkuha man gayud kami sa tanan dokumento."
Dael’s team also confiscated five more water pumps in Barangay Pigsag-an Tuesday morning. “Despite the illegal logging interference, we continued our anti-illegal mining campaign and confiscated more water pumps.” (With Loui S. Maliza)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 26, 2014.