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CALABARZON Anti-illegal logging campaign scores in Quezon (August 9, 2012)  

DENR Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan has commended the field office in the local Anti-illegal Logging Task Force elements in Real, Quezon for its dedicated campaign to curb illegal logging in that part of Northern Quezon.

In a spot report sent on August 2, 2012 to the Office of the Regional Executive Director in Calamba City, CENRO-Real chief Miliarete Panaligan informed of the joint operatives of PENRO-Quezon and CENRO-Real personnel, Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (AILTF) and Philippine Navy and Marines’ having apprehended some 220 pieces of flitches with an aggregate volume of 9,937.9 board feet during a series of surveillance and apprehension campaign from July 27-31 along the Magnac River in Brgy. Maligaya, Gen. Nakar, Quezon. Panaligan reported that the confiscated wood was impounded at the Philippine Navy compound Infanta, Quezon for safekeeping pending further investigation.

Panaligan reported earlier from July 23-26, 2012, the joint-operative group including the Police of Infanta, Quezon and the Philippine Coast Guard apprehended 73 pieces of freshly cut lumber with an aggregate volume of 474 board feet in Brgy. Ingas, Infanta, Quezon and 324 pieces estimated at 7,192.8 bd. ft. in Brgy. Dinahican, Infanta, Quezon. She said the 73 pieces are deposited at the CENR Office compound while the latter was deposited at the Philippine Navy n Infanta, Quezon.

“It is good news that the anti-illegal logging campaign is getting headway. But it is not a good thing because illegal cutting of the trees still continue. We know, you know the importance of trees. We still prefer to have the trees alive and standing,” Juan said, “We are planting trees under the National Greening Program. We should make every effort to reverse the public’s negative notion that trees fall faster than we plant.”

“We are now experiencing the effects of indiscriminately depleting our watersheds, our mountains of trees,” he added.

While this is written, a greater part of Metro Manila and some parts of Rizal, Laguna, Batangas experience flooding due to days of the rainfall.

As Juan commended the joint-task force in the anti-illegal logging campaign, he warned unscrupulous timber poachers and financiers to stop the destructive practice and face the consequences of jail when apprehended.

He likewise encouraged every environmentally-concerned groups and individuals to help in rehabilitating the forestlands and support the National Greening Program.