The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Kalamansig headed by Forester Iskak G. Dipatuan, initiated the conduct of Enforcement Forum cum Lectures and Orientation on Environmental and Natural Resources Laws, Policies, and Other Related Orders for the 2nd batch of participants on February 8, 2022, at the CENR Office quadrangle.
According to PENR Officer of Sultan Kudarat Radzak B. Sinarimbo, the said enforcement forum is an important activity involving the stakeholders toward environmental protection and conservation.
“We are continuously mobilizing our citizenry in the pursuit of forest protection, conservation, and management as well as promoting sustainable development. This is also in support and in adherence to the call and 10-point agenda of our DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu”, PENRO Sinarimbo said.
Said activity was participated by various stakeholders namely; chainsaw holder operators, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) Lebak, Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs), and the (PENRO) Sultan Kudarat personnel.
Topics on environmental laws were discussed to the participants; specifically the ten (10) priority programs of the department, mission, vision, and mandate, the Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines (PD 705), Chainsaw Act (R.A 9175), LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Conservation System, and Ambisyon Natin 2040.
Meanwhile, CENRO Dipatuan urged everyone to work together and be good partners of the department.
"Pursuant to RA 9175 chainsaw act, our law enforcement officers have been seizing chainsaws without a certificate of registration. Today, our chainsaw holders/ operators have voluntarily brought here your chainsaws indicating your willingness to comply and consent to have attached the serial QR code to your respective chainsaws’’, Dipatuan said.
CENRO Dipatuan also emphasized the QR code, one way to easily determine the legality tools for it can be easily scanned and will show details of ownership of the chainsaw. This is a new technique and approach in monitoring the equipment.
“The amount of timbers we seized does not amaze us, for it shows our diminishing forests and forestlands. Our illegal activities in our forests can only be stopped with your support; we are counting on you to be involved as an environmental enforcer", Dipatuan added. (With report and photos from CENRO Kalamansig)