The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Goa, Camarines Sur headed by CENR Officer Daisy M. Terciano in collaboration with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Tinambac and Lagonoy, Camarines Sur seized a total of fifty-five (55) undocumented sacks of wood charcoal, some 1,454.33 board feet of Dipterocarp species (Red and White Lauan) and two (2) conveyances on January 16, 26 & 27, 2021, respectively.
Upon receipt of reliable information from concerned citizens, the CENRO Goa Monitoring and Enforcement Team immediately coordinated with the respective LGUs and the PNP to apprehend the reported environmental violators. The Team seized two hundred three (203) pieces of assorted dimensions of Dipterocarp species (Red and White Lauan) with an aggregate volume of 990 board feet at Sitio Kinalabasahan, Barangay Genorangan, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur. Another sixteen (16) and ten (10) pieces of assorted dimensions of abandoned Dipterocarp species (Red and White Lauan) with an aggregate volume of 464.33 board feet were also recovered at Sitio Maybatag and Sitio Bolo, respectively, of the same barangay.
Furthermore, the CENRO Goa Enforcement Team responded in Tinambac, Camarines Sur for the documentation of a trimobile loaded with eight (8) sacks of undocumented wood charcoal and a Mitsubishi L300 van loaded with forty-seven (47) sacks of undocumented wood charcoal, which were apprehended by the Tinambac Municipal Police Station (MPS) at Barangay San Isidro and Barangay La Purisima, Tinambac, Camarines Sur on January 17 and 26, 2021, respectively.
Upon proper inventory and documentation, the apprehended forest products and conveyances were placed under the custody of CENRO Goa, concerned LGUs and PNP for safekeeping pending proper disposition.
CENRO Terciano commended the hard work of the CENRO Goa Monitoring and Enforcement Team, the continued support of the stakeholders and the participation of the public in the intensification of forest protection and anti-illegal logging campaign of the DENR.
“A comprehensive investigation is being conducted to identify the owners and other persons involved in the said illegal activities for the filing of appropriate legal charges, particularly violation of Section 77 of the Revised Forestry Code, as amended, which prohibits possession of timber or other forest products without license,” she added.
The overall seized illegal forest products are estimated to be worth Php 89,216.50.