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CENRO Dolores runs after illegal lumber dealers, furniture shops in Eastern Samar

Tacloban City (December 9) -- Search warrants were recently served against seven furniture shop owners and three lumber dealers in the municipalities of Dolores, Can-Avid, Taft and Oras, all of Eastern Samar, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 8 informed.

Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Manuel Ferreras of CENRO Dolores informed that investigations conducted disclosed that illegal lumber business and illegal furniture making are rampant and booming in said municipalities.

Armed with the search warrants SIGNED BY Executive Judge Yolanda U. Dagandan of Branch 15 in Burauen, Leyte, the joint operations was conducted by a team composed of CENRO Dolores, the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, private media and barangay officials on November 25 and 26 in the four municipalities in Eastern Samar.

The Search yielded an aggregate of 2,625.76 board feet of narra, banuyo lauan lumber and several pieces of furniture with an estimated market value of P170,000. The seized items are currently under the custody of the 806th Provincial Mobile Group in Dolores, Eastern Samar for safekeeping.

A complaint has been filed in court against a certain Mr. Joel Marquez and Engr. Rodolfo Turda for violation of PD 705 or the Philippine Forestry Law. They were accused of having ordered the cutting, gathering, collecting and being in possession of 150 naturally grown trees within the timberland area of Mount Yagcum, Binalo-an, Taft, Eastern Samar.

Investigations revealed that Globe Telecommunications constructed a cell site in the area which prompted the cutting of the trees without securing permit from DENR causing prejudice and damage to the environment.

DENR Regional Executive Director Primitivo C. Galinato, Jr. said that the Agency will continue with the fight against forest law violators.

"While we strengthen our ground operators, we appeal to the public for vigilance against the rampant cutting of trees especially in the uplands since these will eventually have an impact on lowlands and coastal areas," RED Galinato said. (PIA 8 with mgsugcang) [top]

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