DENR suspends transport of firewood, charcoal

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


FIREWOOD and charcoal are no longer allowed to leave five towns in western Cebu.

This as the Department Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 imposed a moratorium on the processing and issuance of transport documents for firewood and charcoal from Tuburan, San Remegio, Tabuelan, Asturias and Balamban.

DENR 7 Executive Director Isabelo Montejo said the move is meant to curb “rampant and widespread” cutting of trees in forestlands in the five towns.

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“We don't want to compromise our efforts in the National Greening Program where we have been investing a lot of money and resources,” he said.

Montejo’s April 3, 2014 memorandum was addressed to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Penro) Cebu Jose Cleo Cary Colis, and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (Cenros) Roldan Cotejo of Carmen and Fedencio Carreon in Toledo City.

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Since transport permits are valid for only one day, all firewood and charcoal leaving the five towns after April 3 are illegal and can be apprehended.

Montejo also directed the Penro and Cenros to inform the local government units and municipal police stations concerned about the moratorium.

The DENR requires that the transport of firewood and charcoal be covered by a permit.

Those who apply for a transport permit must present a certificate of verification attesting that the source of the firewood and charcoal is a holder of a certificate of tree plantation ownership (CTPO).

The transport permit cannot be reproduced. The holder must present the original permit during transport. It covers only one cargo and valid only on the specified date.

The permit, to be issued by the Cenro, must specify the species and volume of the firewood or charcoal.

Permit holders are also required to obtain a self-monitoring form approved by the Cenro.

Montejo’s order did not specify when the moratorium will be lifted.

The DENR 7 director required the Penro and the two Cenros to submit after one week a report on the implementation of the moratorium.

He warned that DENR officials who fail to implement the order will be penalized.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 10, 2014.

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