Piles of hot lumber seized in Agusan Norte

Government forces have recovered piles of abandoned and illegally sourced lumber from illegally cut trees along a road in Barangay Puting Bato, Cabadbaran City on Saturday. Contributed photo

Government forces recovered piles of sawn lumber from illegally cut trees that were left abandoned by illegal loggers in Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Norte, the military said Sunday.

Army Lt. Col. Isagani Criste, 29th Infantry Battalion commander, said soldiers, police and forest rangers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), acting on reports from concerned citizens, found two pieces of round logs and 236 pieces of sawn lumber from “yakal,” “dongon” and “lauan” species along a road in Barangay Puting Bato on Saturday.

The seized timber flitches and logs measuring 2,907 board feet were worth P158,753 .

“Given our goal of ending insurgency; we are extending our plea to everyone to stop whatever illegal activities they might be doing to our environment,” Criste said.

The authorities are conducting an investigation to identify the loggers behind the abandoned forest products.

The confiscated forest products were taken by DENR monitoring center in nearby Tubay town. CLC

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