LEGAZPI CITY: An intensified forest protection and law enforcement campaign of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Bicol gained ground after it seized 14,306 board feet of illegal lumber and 28 sacks of wood charcoal in a series of operations conducted by its various field offices, and operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“Reports coming from the field offices revealed that seven weeks worth of increased operations against illegal logging/cutting by forestry and security personnel have led to this accomplishment,” DENR V Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales said.
Gonzales said from the later part of June to early last month, five successive operations were carried out in Sorsogon which resulted to the confiscation of 3,945 board feet of illegally-cut lumber and 28 sacks of wood charcoal.
There were three arrests in Masbate involving 5,229bdft of wood and lumber, two arrests in Catanduanes involving 3,220bdft, one arrest in CamNorte with 1,910bdf, and one arrest in CamSur involving the confiscation of 28 sacks of charcoal.
“All the confiscated lumber and charcoal were taken under DENR custody as they will undergo further criminal/administrative adjudication,” Gonzales added.
The regional director reiterated his standing order to all field officers to strictly observe and sustain the government’s forest protection and law enforcement campaign in order to save the region from further abuses by illegal loggers and tree cutters throughout the Bicol Region. – Bicol Mail