DENR, PNP Conduct Anti-Illegal Logging Operations In Davao Region

To intensify anti-illegal logging campaign in the Davao Region, Department of Environment and Natural Resources created composite teams composed of technical and legal personnel to assist the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the conduct of anti-illegal logging operations to all 5 provinces of Region XI.
 
Said operations is under the directive of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) of the Office of the President aiming to monitor reports on illegal logging activities in the region and to dismantle Wood Processing Plants (WPPs) and lumberyards that are operating without necessary documents or permits.
 
DENR Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that the on-going operations is also in relation to the order of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to strengthen the Department’s anti-illegal logging campaign and operations in the Mindanao Region especially in Region 13 or the Caraga Region.
 
“In Region XI, the team from PNP is already operating in coordination with our Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers as early as April 10. Whoever is caught operating even without business and/or DENR permits and for possessing banned species or lumber will be held accountable,” she said.
 
Tawantawan also said that they have already assigned lawyers and secretariat per province to assist the PNP and the CENROs during the operation.
 
In Davao del Norte, the team was able to apprehend 2,199 pieces of lumber and logbolts with a volume of 31.94 cubic meters (10,813.57 bd. ft.) with an estimated value of PhP 231,357.66. A total of 16 apprehensions were conducted by the team in Tagum and Panabo cities. Tools and conveyance were also apprehended.
 
After the operations, a total of 3 cases were filed by the team at the Office of the Prosecutor and has prepared a total of 9 Affidavit of Complaints against the perpetrators.
 
To date, the team is still operating at Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley Province and Davao Oriental.
 
Moreover, a team from DENR 13, 11 and 10 together with the PNP, Philippine Army, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) is also conducting anti-illegal logging and mining operations in the Caraga Region in response to the directive orders of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Secretary Cimatu. 

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