Task Force Against Environmental Crimes Launched

To intensify 4-26 launching of regional task force 3 resizedthe pursuit of defeating environmental crimes in Davao region, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) recently launched its Regional Task Force Against Environmental Crimes which is an offshoot to the Department’s National Task Force Mining Challenge but with a broader perspective.
Along with the DENR, other members of the Task Force Against Environmental Crimes are the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM), National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
DENR-XI Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that the Task Force is very timely given the on-going joint anti-illegal logging operations of the DENR together with the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Army (PA) and the local government units in the Davao region.
“The Task Force is a strategy to intensify our quest to quell illegal logging in Region XI and to demonstrate DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu’s sentiment, his punto de vista, that not only do we ensure the enforcement of our environmental laws and regulations but to also guarantee that we save our trees from actually being cut,” she said.
During the visit of Secretary Cimatu in Davao City this month, he bared his plans on intensifying the Department’s anti-illegal logging operations in the Mindanao Region by also mobilizing the Philippine Army, the PNP, the CIDG and the National Bureau of Investigation to address, once and for all, illegal logging and mining activities in Mindanao.
Recently, the joint team of DENR-XI and PA apprehended a total of 2,386 pieces of forest products in raw and lumber forms in Brgys. Caatihan and San Jose in Boston, Davao Oriental. The apprehended forest products with a volume of 70.558 cu.m. have an estimated value of PhP 493,330.00.
Moreover, DENR-XI and the PNP were able to arrests and file complaints against 14 owners of lumberyards and furniture shops in Davao City, Panabo City and Tagum City who continuously operate without necessary permits from the DENR and business permits from the LGUs.
“The fight against environmental crimes is not new to us. We know this because we in the DENR have long been battling with these issues on illegal logging, illegal and destructive mining and environmental pollution. However, with our strengthened partnership with these law enforcers who are always willing to give their assistance to the DENR, I am hopeful that all our conservation efforts will yield good and positive results,” Tawantwan said. #TayoAngKalikasan



Departmentimg 9532 resized of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) recently hosted the Regional Environmental Academy which aims to harness both the technical and managerial expertise of the agency’s frontline managers in the field of environmental governance.

The 2-day training which was participated in by DENR-XI’s Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs and CENROs), also intends to further augment the Perspective, Experience, Attitude, Knowledge and Skills (P.E.A.K.S.) of the officials as pre-requisites to effective governance. It also aims to refine the knowledge of the officials on the Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations, policies on protected areas and Land Administration Management System (LAMS) and Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.


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