DENR reiterates One Strike policy on illegal logging

In order that forest protection and conservation efforts be sustained, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reiterated to all its officials the “One Strike” policy on illegal logging.

            DENR Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales said that this policy will be strictly abided by all top and subordinate officials of the agency in the region.

            “The policy covers any illegal cutting or harvesting of forest products in our areas of responsibility, likewise it comprises failure to detect, report or apprehend the transport of illegally harvested forest products – whether sourced from our area or another area, and the apprehension of illegally cut or gathered products made by other law enforcement agency or local government unit (LGU) without our knowledge,” Gonzales revealed.

            He issued a stern warning that all officials who have found to be violating the “One Strike” policy shall be immediately relieved and corresponding charges filed, as soon as the violation has been verified and confirmed. Director Gonzales emphasized the assumption of “Command Responsibility” by the officials over the actions of their subordinates.

            Meanwhile, the DENR Bicol is in the process of formulating interregional strategies and undertake close coordination to curb the transport of illegally-harvested forest products.

Broadcast Release: July 25, 2012