By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1, Ilocos Norte
LAOAG CITY, July 25 (PIA) — Joint operatives from the police and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) confiscated at least 3,896 board feet of illegally cut timbers in Barangay 19, Barbarangay, Banna, Ilocos Norte earlier this month.
Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Leonardo Acosta said seized were Gmelina tree species worth at least P97, 408.
Three suspects were arrested who were from Barangay 37, Calay-ab, Laoag City; Barangay 19, Barbarangay, Banna town; Barangay 5, Nagpatayan, Banna town who were alleged to be timber owners.
“They are considered illegal loggers because that they don’t have a permit to cut trees,” Acosta said.
He said the suspects were charged with violation of PD 705 otherwise known as the Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines.
The suspects, who were temporarily detained at the Banna town police station, were immediately released after posting bail.
Meanwhile, the seized logs were temporarily placed under the custody of the village chief of Barangay 19 in Banna town.
Acosta warned residents against engaging in any tree cutting without appropriate permit or face penalty.
He said the government has imposed strict monitoring of tree cutting activities in the province as part of the Philippine Development Plan of President Benigno Aquino III concerning the conservation and protection of the country’s natural resources. (MCA/FGL PIA- Ilocos Norte)