𝐀𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐄𝐋, 𝐒𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 – Various enforcement personnel from the DENR, Philippine National Police (PNP), and some local government units of this province were recently capacitated in a learning event spearheaded by the DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sarangani to strengthen the implementation of environment and natural resources (ENR) laws in the area.
PENR Officer Maria Elvira V. Lumayag said that the training, which was conducted on March 13-14, aimed to give the foresters, forest rangers, forest protection officers, and other law enforcement personnel a powerful edge on their capabilities in enforcing environmental laws.
“With a focus on refreshing their knowledge on relevant legal provisions, the initiative has equipped the enforcement personnel with the tools and skills needed to perform their duties with unparalleled effectiveness,” she said.
The training, which was participated by some personnel from DENR-PENRO Sarangani, PNP, PENRO of Sarangani PLGU, MENRO Alabel, and MENRO Maasim, emphasized the importance of collaboration between government offices involved in enforcing environmental laws, highlighting the legal instruments used in the conduct of enforcement activities such as the Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. 705), Sulong Kalikasan, Chainsaw Act, and Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
PENR Officer Lumayag also urged the enforcers to stay alert and vigilant, especially during night time, following the reports regarding a closed van from a neighboring province passing through their area of responsibility, allegedly carrying illegal forest products.
“We hope that through this orientation, our enforcement activities, which requires teamwork and cooperation, will be more effective in protecting our environment,” she said. (With report and photos from SRCabildo, DENR-PENRO Sarangani IO Designate) | RSCIGM