In the evening of June 9, Forest Officers of DENR CENRO Calauag apprehended 224 flitches of assorted species such as Mangga, Gmelina, Santol, Antipolo, Batino Acacia, Takip-Asin, Amlang, and Belwang. They were recovered in San Francisco, Lopez, Quezon. Another 40 pieces of lumber were apprehended in Tinigiban, Calauag in the Province.
Photo 2. Abandoned lumber found by DENR PENRO Quezon and CENRO Tayabas personnel in Caisan II, Mauban, Quezon
The following day, 20 abandoned flitches were found by the DENR PENRO and CENRO Tayabas personnel, the PG ENRO, and member of the media, along a riverbank in Barangay Cagsiay II, in Mauban. Shortly after, another group found 15 more flitches a few kilometers away from the riverbank. The tree species include Banilad, Dulitan, Pilaway, Ayumit and Duguan.
Provincial Government of Quezon’s Environment and Natural Resources Officer Mr. Manuel Beloso said, “We will work closely with the surrounding communities in Cagsiay II to make sure that they will have a strong role in forest protection and conservation”. The forest products were hauled and deposited at the DENR Calumpang Forest Products Monitoring Station for safekeeping, pending the conduct of Administrative Confiscation Proceedings (ACP) in accordance with Department Administrative Order 97-32. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer and incoming Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services of DENR CALABARZON Forester Alfredo Palencia and CENRO Tayabas and incoming PENRO Quezon Forester Ramil Limpiada both committed to “continue to take an active role in the forest protection in the Province of Quezon”. A few weeks earlier, they had also recovered several abandoned flitches and lumber and are now undergoing ACP.
Meanwhile, CENRO Calaca has conducted Lawin patrolling in the Forest Conservation Area in Lian, Batangas. They also conducted monitoring of quarry operations and coastal areas, maintenance of the look-out tower, and conduct of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns. These activities resulted to confiscation of one (1) abandoned chainsaw in Laurel, Batangas, and a turn-over of one (1) Luzon Bleeding Heart Pigeon (Gallicolumba luzonica), which is classified as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation and Nature.
Photo 3. Turned-over Luzon Bleeding Heart Pigeon to CENRO Calaca
DENR PENRO Cavite, on the other hand, has worked closely with the Local Government Units in monitoring the inventoried furniture shops around their area of responsibility.
DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales continues to call on the PENROs and the CENROs to closely work with local communities in the conduct of illegal logging operations especially those which occur in the Protected Areas. ###