The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Albay headed by OIC, PENR Officer Jerry R. Arena together with the Naval Intelligence and Security Group of the Naval Forces Southern Luzon (NAVFORSOL) confiscated 282 pieces of Kalantas lumber and flitches with a total volume of 2,125.89 board feet on January 21, 2021 at Barangay Soa-Igot, Tabaco City.
The forest products with an estimated value of Php 74,406.00 were seized from a resident of the said barangay. Following the inventory, the same were transferred and hauled to PENRO Albay for temporary safekeeping.
Accordingly, criminal charges will be filed against the offender in violation of the Presidential Decree 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.
The DENR has intensified its operations to curb illegal logging and other environmental crimes. Moreover, the office calls on the public to report any violations of any environmental law.