Illegal Lumber Apprehended in Camarines Norte


            The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Provincial Environment and Natural Resources of Camarines Norte (PENRO) is strictly implementing its environment and natural resources laws within its jurisdiction.

           PENRO Camarines Norte apprehended 94 pieces of flitches with a total volume of 3,475 board feet or 8.19 cubic meters on July 26-30, 2015 at the Barangays of Matanlang and Calabasa, Labo, Camarines Norte. 

            In a report by the DENR PENRO composite team headed by Forester Nestor B. Mata, it was stated that it took five days for the team to recover the forest products due to detrimental reasons. It was reported that the team proceeded to the target area in the afternoon of July 26, 2015 and found more or less 70 large flitches and round logs near the river bank of Labo River in Matanlang. They found no persons in the area so they went back to Calabasa, Labo to get reinforcement from the army. In addition, they then contacted seven (7) Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEOs) in Tulay na Lupa. In an account relayed by one of the team members, he said that while they were retrieving the logs and their army escorts were taking their meals (since it was already late in the afternoon), several men with bolos harassed them and so they were forced to stop and leave the area. They resumed the operation the next day, July 27, 2015 and hired eight (8) laborers from Daet but due to their frail built they only lasted one and a half day and quitted due to fatigue. Thus, they were only able to haul few flitches from Matanlang to Calabasa driving them from the Labo River. On the third day of operation, July 28, 2015, many of the flitches disappeared and were either transferred, hidden and scattered into farther areas at about 150 meters away from the riverbank. The team decided to hire two (2) chainsaw operators to be able to resize the logs into smaller dimensions and ease the handling and hauling. Furthermore, it took them two more days to do the resizing, hauling from the upland to the riverbank. From the river, the flitches were rafted and made afloat downstream via Labo River until it reached Calabasa where it can be transported by truck. A total of 94 flitches comprising of PMG species (not 54 as inadvertently reported on-the-spot report dated July 31, 2015) were recovered and temporarily stockpiled at PENRO. Since the apprehended items have no claimants, the team recommended the immediate administrative confiscation proceedings and disposal. 

         Earlier, DENR Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales issued a strict directive to field offices to intensify the campaign against illegal logging activities and to prosecute all those who shall violate existing forestry laws to underpin enforcement efforts under Executive Order 23 or the moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in natural and residuals forests. 

Press Release: August 4, 2015




The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) technical staff along with hundreds of stakeholders from the different sectors of society participated in the 4th Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium (APCRS) held on June 4 to 8, 2018 at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Cebu City.

The 4th APCRS is an international conference dedicated to coral reef conservation. This was facilitated by the DENR in partnership with the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI). First organized by the Asia Pacific Coral Reef Society in 2006, the event became an avenue for scientists, leaders and environmentalists to share their knowledge and expertise on marine and coral reef management and protection.

The theme, “Coral Reefs of the Asia-Pacific: Working Together Amidst Contemporary Challenges,” focused on the latest research studies, technology and innovations in marine biodiversity, coral reef ecology, geology and restoration, ocean processes and citizen science. Speakers included conservation champions from Australia, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia and the United States.

With 2018 dubbed as the International Year of the Reef, the conduct of APCRS proved to be timely.

Former DENR V Regional Director and now Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez said during the pre-conference of APCRS that through “effectively reducing the drivers and pressures on coastal and marine ecosystems, which led to its continuous degradation, the coastal and marine ecosystems’ condition will improve thereby enhancing ecosystem functions and services.”



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BICOL HAS NEW DENR CHIEF. Atty. Antonio A. Abawag receives the DENR V flag from Secretary Roy A. Cimatu during the Turnover Ceremony on June 1, 2018 at the DENR Regional Office V, Rawis, Legazpi City. 


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