PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Police seizes P6M worth of illegally cut lumbers in 2011by Oliver Baccay
TUGUEGARO CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) – “Kagubatan,” the strict implementation of anti-illegal logging campaign of Region 2’ s police force with the environment department has seized a total of P6 million worth of illegally cut down and transported lumbers in 2011.
Operations and plans division records show that from March to November in 2011, 127 individuals involved in cutting and transporting lumbers were arrested out of the 96 operations conducted. Nineteen were charged for violation of PD 705, while 158 board feet of lumber were confiscated.
Police officers once again conducted an anti-illegal logging operation in Ilagan, Isabelo on Jan. 7, where suspects who were identified as Leo Baylon, Richard Palobar, and Jojo Baylon were arrested for transporting logs using a bamboo boat along Pinacanauan River in Barangay Baculod.
Regional director Atty. Rodrigo P. De Gracia said the government wishes to address the continuing problem of deforestation, which results into floodings, erosions and landslides that eventually causes lost of lives, limbs, properties, displaced families and livelihoods.
“We aim to address the killings allegedly carried out in connection with illegal logging activities. For this reason, PNP-PRO2 in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources strengthens its campaign to stop illegal logging activities in the region,” De Gracia said.
The strict implementation “KAGUBATAN” order is in adherence to Executive Order No. 23 of President Benigno S. Aquino, III declaring a moratorium on cutting and harvesting of timber in natural and residual forests nationwide and creating the anti- illegal logging task force. (TCB/OTB/PIA-2)