Photo of the apprehended items, courtesy of PENRO Rizal
Calamba City, Laguna – Department and Environment and Natural Resources CALABARZON through its Rizal Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office has apprehended more than 350 board feet of lumber, 104 sacks of charcoal, and 5 units of illegal logging equipment, with an estimated value of Php 102,370.00.
The apprehended forest products and equipment found within a protected area, were proclaimed as abandoned and are currently in the custody of PENRO Rizal for safekeeping. There will be an Administrative Confiscation Proceeding headed by PENRO Rizal for appropriate storage and disposal of apprehended items.
DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales has earlier called on the PENROs and CENROs to strictly monitor the Protected Areas in their jurisdiction especially during the ECQ. The Regional Office through Enforcement Division, has also regularly monitored the field operations and responded to all complaints posted through social media.
According to For. Oliver Viado, Chief of Enforcement Division, “the PENROs and CENROs were on red alert during the ECQ. They have set up skeletal force and immediate mobilization of the respective quick response teams.”
Anyone who will be caught cutting and transporting forest products without the necessary permits will be charged for violation of Section 77 of R.A. 7161, formerly Section 68, PD 705 (Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines), as amended. The use of unregistered chainsaws will also be charged for violation of R.A. 9175, known as the Chain Saw Act of 2002.
DENR CALABARZON is urging the public to report Environment and Natural Resources-related cases, especially illegal logging operations via hotline 8888, sms to +639456215007/ +639083340224, email to email@example.com or send photos, videos and other information via https://www.facebook.com/DENR4AOfficial/ ###