Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Kalamansig Forester Iskak G. Dipatuan bared that his office together with the Philippine National Police has recently apprehended the 425 pieces of abandoned lumber in Kalamansig town Sultan Kudarat Province.
Dipatuan said that they were notified by mobilized citizens in the area regarding the alleged stockpile of hot logs along the coastal area of Barangay Sta. Maria in the said town.
Forester Alimbsar A. Sampal, chief of monitoring and enforcement section, said that upon their arrival in the reported area on January 12, they spotted the forest products composed of Malatumbaga and Lauan species with a total volume of 4,135.7 board feet and an estimated market value of P177, 486. 67.
Apprehension and hauling of the logs were immediately conducted since there was no tree cutting permit issued by the CENRO Kalamansig in the area upon verification.
“We are appealing to the public to continue reporting any environmental concerns to the nearest DENR office,” Dipatuan said.
He also expressed his gratitude to the officials of PNP 2nd District Sultan Kudarat Provincial Mobile Force and other stakeholders for their assistance and coordination in the anti-illegal logging operation.
Dipatuan said that the investigations are ongoing on the seized forest products which are currently under the custody of his office.
He also ordered the immediate posting of administrative adjudication proceeding in compliance to DENR Administrative Order No. 97-32 otherwise known as the “1997 Rules for the Administrative Adjudication of illegal Forest Products and the Machinery, equipment, tools and conveyances used in connection therewith” and violation of Section 77 of PD 705 as amended by EO No. 277 and EO No. 23 series of 2011 (Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines. (With report and photo from AVAbduladsis, CENRO Kalamansig Information Officer Designate)