Some 189 suspected illegal loggers have been arrested and P7.7 million worth of logs and timber seized in separate operations launched by police and environment authorities in the Caraga region, officials said.
Chief Supt. Noli A. Romana, Caraga police regional director, said the chain of 294 operations conducted from January 1, 2017 to December 3, 2017 was a huge boost to the anti-illegal logging campaign in the five-province region.
“Caraga cops had 294 operations and seized 453,790 board feet of assorted lumber worth P7,764,573 during the implementation of the Executive Order 23, which declares a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and creating the anti-illegal logging task force,” Romana said.
The suspects are facing charges in various courts of the region while the confiscated wood products were turned over to the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources.
Romana said its law-enforcement action to arrest environmental law violators in partnership with the DENR was in line with the realization of one of the PNP Core Values “Makakalikasan” and the attainment of its function relative to environmental protection and preservation.
“The command group of PRO 13 and its field units spread all over the region are continuously assisting the government’s forest protection drive for our next generation while mitigating global warming and climate change,” Romana said.
Growing public vigilance in protecting the region’s forest resources, coupled with mobile checkpoints and strong checkpoints established in four tri-boundaries in the region had helped a great deal in its anti logging campaign’s success, the region’s police chief noted. By CLC