CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) ordered his provincial directors to intensify the campaign on illegal logging during the Command Conference held at Masigasig Center here August 3.
Bucayu said the police will strengthen its commitment with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and draw clear-cut policies and procedures on anti-illegal logging and identify target personalities and protectors as well.
“Although we had an existing Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DENR, we need to revisit it and clear all issues and concerns with our counterparts in the agency on our powers and role in the PNP as well as our extent of liability in case of procedural flaws and lapses,” Bucayu said.
Under Presidential Decree 705, the DENR can deputize PNP personnel to assist them in enforcing the law on illegal logging. However, all logs that are seized and confiscated shall be turned-over to the DENR who has also the sole authority to file cases.#