Seized Logs, Forest Products Stored in Los Baños Camp

Seized Logs, Forest Products Stored in Los Baños Camp

By Saul Pa-a February 22, 2019, 8:34 pm


Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Calabarzon Regional Executive Director Maria Paz G. Luna (2nd from left) with Col. Atanacio F. Sarzadilla, Group Commander of the 4th Regional Community Defense Group-Army Reserve Command sign the Memorandum of Partnership which provides an impounding facility for the DENR’s confiscated logs, forest products and seedling replacement from tree cutting permittees. Witnessing the ceremony are Col. Dario C. Bucawit (left), 4th RCDG-ARESCOM Deputy Commander and lawyer Ronilo L. Salac, (right) chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO)-Laguna at the Camp General Macario Sakay, Los Baños, Laguna on Feb. 18. 2019. (Photo courtesy of Kizza S. Candulisas/PENRO-Laguna PIO)


LOS BAŇOS, Laguna – Confiscated logs and other forest products now find their way for safekeeping in the impounding facility inside the Camp General Macario Sakay in this town.

Lawyer Maria Paz G. Luna, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Calabarzon Regional Executive Director, said Friday the seized items will be stored in a new impounding facility after DENR recently signed a Memorandum of Partnership (MOP) with the 4th Regional Community Defense Group (RCDG)-Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM).

Luna said their agreement, signed on Feb. 18 with the 4th RCDG – ARESCOM, provides an impounding facility for the DENR’s confiscated forest products and seedling replacements.

Col. Atanacio F. Sarzadilla signed the accord in behalf of the 4th RCDG-ARESCOM Group Commander. Laguna Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) chief, lawyer Ronilo L. Salac and Col. Dario C. Bucawit, deputy commander of 4th RCDG-ARESCOM served as witnesses.

“This partnership would redound to benefit the government on incurred savings since funds for the purchase of an additional facility will no longer be needed,” Luna said.

She also thanked the 4th RCDG- ARESCOM for providing a facility for safekeeping of all the confiscated forest products, including cut logs from Department Public Works and Highways road widening projects and seedling replacements from tree cutting permittees.

The new impounding facility inside the camp provides a more spacious site in addition to the region’s existing impounding facility which is now congested with forest products and conveyances, located at Barangay Bambang.

After the signing, the officials also inspected the new impounding site where the initial confiscated logs are stored. (PNA)



DENR CALABARZON celebrated the World Mangrove Day

Mangrove calatagan 

          In line with the celebration of World Mangrove Day on June 26, 2019, the DENR CALABARZON Conservation and Development Division organized a mangrove tree planting activity, conducted at Barangay Talisay, Calatagan, Batangas.

         The mangrove tree planting activity was participated in by 60 volunteers from the DENR CALABARZON, CENRO Calaca, Batangas, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Local Government Unit of Brgy. Talisay, and the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mangingisda sa Barangay Talisay (SNMBT) People’s Organization. A total of 1,200 propagules of Bakawang Lalaki and Bakawang Bato species were planted.

           According to Ms. Violy Gulapo, Senior Science Research Specialist from the ERDB, a total number of 500,000 hectares of mangrove forest in 1918, has drastically gone down to only 117,000 hectares in 1995. In 2011, it has gradually increased to 257,362 hectares which may be attributed to coastal rehabilitation programs implemented by government, NGO and communities. She added that three main functions of the Mangrove Ecosystems are for fishery production, for environmental protection, and as a carbon sink. She commended the Agency for conducting Mangrove rehabilitation programs but she reminded that people conducting planting activities should have enough knowledge in proper zonation of the mangrove. She emphasized that we have to monitor the success rate of every planting activity.

           Mr. Rodrigo de Jesus, president of the SNMBT, disclosed that their organization does regular mangrove planting activities since 2007.

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