Illegally cut timber products seized

ZAMBOANGA. Environment enforcement personnel, backed by policemen, seize illegally cut Bangkal wood in Situbo village, Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte. A photo handout shows policemen and environment personnel stand guard on the illegally cut lumber, which the owner abandons upon sensing the arrival of lawmen. (SunStar Zamboanga)

ENFORCEMENT personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) backed by policemen seized illegally cut timber products early this week in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, a DENR official said Saturday, October 24.

Rosevirico Tan, DENR regional information officer, said the illegally cut timber products were found by the enforcement team in Situbo village, Tampilisan, Zambopanga del Norte following receipt of reliable information from a concerned resident.

But Tan said the timber products were abandoned by the owner upon sensing the arrival of the team from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte and personnel from Tampilisan Municipal Police Station.

The recovered illegally cut timber products consist of 1,466 board feet of Bangkal wood with an estimated value of P58,653.20.

Tan said the confiscation was made for violation of Section 78 of Presidential Decree 705 as amended by Executive Order 277 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.

The confiscated lumber is now placed and deposited at the DENR Sub-station in Gatas, Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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