Not a time to be lax this Christmas season, but on alert for unscrupulous persons transporting illegally-sourced forest products

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Not a time to be lax this Christmas season, but on alert for unscrupulous persons transporting illegally-sourced forest products

 

Forest Rangers and Bantay Gubat operatives of the DENR office in Rizal province will not be too jolly this long Christmas holiday break. They will be on full alert for unscrupulous persons who would take advantage of the time of festivities to transport illegally sourced forest products.

Four teams of five to six members have been tasked to monitor the transport of illegal timber, as well as charcoal.

Antipolo City Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Giovanni Gamo ordered his men to ‘increase presence and visibility in areas perceived to be the sources of hot forest products.’

Gamo identified the areas as Laiban, Daraitan, Mamuyao and Sto Nino. He said his men will be operating mobile monitoring points in said areas.

“We are maintaining two established monitoring points. One in Maya in Tanay, and another in Cabading in Antipolo City. These are amply manned. The other teams will be mobile,” said Gamo, “we are on the look out for uling or charcoal since this is the time for lechon, and for broiling.”

DENR Region 4A Regional Executive Director Reynulfo Juan who recently presided over an assessment meeting of the regional anti-illegal logging task force affirmed Antipolo City CENRO Gamo’s directive, as he ordered other field offices to do the same. “They (unscrupulous poachers) synch the transport of the illegal wood at a time when they assume we are on a furlough, and will be caught off-guard,” he said, “but holiday or no holiday, we are on the alert, almost 24/7”

“We are also on guard for other forest products, including wildlife. Illegal trading of wildlife, specifically birds intended for pets, also does not recognize any holiday,” he added.

He warned those who will be caught will face the full weight of the law. “Perpetrators,” he said, “will face jail terms and fines.”

He cited a case of three illegal wildlife traders caught in San Jose, Batangas who were jailed for illegal wildlife trading. He said they are now reportedly out on bail while judgment on the case filed has not been finalized by the court.