The Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of the Mt Apo Natural Park led by its Parks Protection Officers and in collaboration with the Brgy. Local Government Unit of Sibulan, Davao City and the Bantay Gubat Forest Rangers recovered 30 pieces of prime BAGTIKAN lumber (𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑎𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑎 𝑚𝑎𝑙𝑎𝑎𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑛) totalling to 1,098.9 board feet with an estimated value of PhP 32,967.00 last September 28, 2021.
Acting on the information provided by a concerned citizen, the PAMO team has immediately dispatched to verify the alleged timber poaching in the said Barangay within the Strict Protection Zone (SPZ) of Mt Apo Natural Park. SPZ is an area where there is high biodiversity value and is supposedly closed to all human activities except for scientific studies and/or ceremonial or religious use by indigenous cultural communities.
The team discovered the scattered lumber and flitches in a remote area of the said zone which was then transported to the the PAMO in So. Baras, Digos City. An inquiry with the Brgy. has been immediately conducted whilst there are no claimants of the said lumber to date.
Unpermitted cutting of timber products from its natural habitat is strictly prohibited under Sec 16 of RA 9237 which states that the violator will face punishments and penalties as prescribed in Articles 309 and 310 of the Revised Penal Code.
More than its market value, uprooting these endangered tree species entails imbalance on ecosystem and may likewise contribute to biodiversity loss.
Bagtikan is an endemic tree species under the family Dipterocarpaceae growing to as much as 35-40 meters and is already listed as one of the endangered tree species per IUCN's Red list of threatened species, thus, the conservation efforts for the said tree species.
*𝑊𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑖𝑛𝑓𝑜 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑃𝐴𝑀𝑂-𝑀𝐴𝑁𝑃/ 𝐹𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝐵𝑢𝑒𝑛𝑎𝑓𝑙𝑜𝑟