P576,000 illegal logs seized in Tibungco

Subscribe Now February 09, 2012 at 10:45am

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is closely monitoring some areas in Davao Region that have been reported as illegal logging hotspots. This developed after the Task Force Davao (TFD) with the DENR Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force confiscated some P576,960 worth of illegal logs in a random checkpoint at Ilang detachment, Tibungco, Davao City, around 4:30 a.m. of February 5.

Evelio Tapanguil, of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), said 1,952 pieces of lumber measuring 18,000 board feet were seized from two 20-footer container vans.

Major Clif Tangonan, TFD spokesperson, identified the drivers of the two container vans as Lando Polikot and Nelver Bibero, both of Agusan del Sur in Caraga Region.

Tapanguil said the drivers were released.

An administrative hearing at the DENR office is scheduled February 15.

He said the confiscated logs are now under the custody of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) in Panacan and will later be donated to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Tapanguil said among the areas in the Davao Region that are on DENR's watchlist are the boundaries of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province, Laak in Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, and Davao del Sur.

"Good thing there is no illegal logging hotspot in Davao City," Tapanguil said.

He said DENR's anti-illegal task force has intensified its operations against illegal logging in the entire region.

Source: sunstar.com.ph



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