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

 

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    DENR SUPPORTS 2ND BICOL MINING SUMMIT

        The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V joined the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) – Bicol Chapter and several stakeholders during the 2nd Bicol Mining Summit on July 19-21, 2017 in Legazpi City.

          To kick-start the event, a Zumba and Color Fun Run with the theme, “Color Fun Run: Mine for Life” started at the Bicol University Commencement Grounds at 6 o’clock in the morning of July 19, 2017. Mario Nolledo, a DENR V Employee bagged the first place during the said activity.

          The summit was highlighted by a Mine Exhibit at the Legazpi City Convention Center. Following the opening ceremonies, a bowling tournament at the Embarcadero de Legazpi, Mine Symposium, Mayor’s Night, Students’ Congress and City Tour, among others are some of the activities lined-up during this three-day event.

        DENR V Regional Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, in her message, during the ribbon cutting ceremonies of the Mine Exhibit stressed the essence of sustainable and responsible mining.

         With this year’s Mining Summit theme, “An Approach towards Sustainable, Responsible and Environment-Friendly Mineral Development in Bicol”, DENR hopes for the enlightenment of the public on various mining issues and concerns, which are far from over.###

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