About 0.50 cubic meters or 213. 96 board feet of tree stump and abandoned piled lumber of Narra species were accidentally found by the Technical Team of the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) headed by CENR Officer Basil Cesar S. Camba on January 13, 2021.

While conducting the laying of the 2-kilometer transect line for the Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS) within the forest zone of Matang-Tubig Watershed Forest Reserve (MTWFR) at Barangay Real, Monreal, Masbate, the Team led by EMS II Florencio A. Mabborang together with Forester I Christopher C. Cabiles, EMS I Reden F. Cabug, FT II Christian L. Bonagua, FT I Lea Vil B. Laureano and Administrative Aide VI Maricar B. Añonuevo and other staff from the Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Unit (PAMBCU) found the abandoned lumber.

Following the inventory, the lumber were manually hauled and transported to the CENRO Office at San Jacinto, Masbate for proper safekeeping and administrative adjudication proceedings. CENR Officer Camba, being the concurrent Protected Area Superintendent (PASU) of MTWFR, strongly condemns the illegal act of cutting such priority species within the Protected Area and calls for the support of the barangay officials with jurisdictions around the watershed to be vigilant and be an active partner of the DENR in intensifying its information drive against illegal wood traders.

“The cutting of trees is illegal and punishable under the law. The DENR appeals to the members of our community to be one with the DENR in the protection and conservation of our environment, especially our Protected Areas,” added CENRO Camba.

 The incident will be reported to the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) for proper disposition during its 2021 1st Quarter Meeting.