By: Jazmin Bonifacio
About P10 million worth of Falcata logs, equipment, conveyances and accessories were seized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – 8 together with the Philippine Army’s 53rd Engineering Battalion, Philippine National Police (PNP) the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Navy at Liloan Port in Southern Leyte province last September 20, tuesday morning.
Forester Allen Cebuano, chief of DENR’s Enforcement Division said in an interview that the shipment of confiscated illegally-cut logs was claimed by a certain Pablito Peria who lacked relevant documents and clearances from the agency such as the certificate of origin of logs and permit to harvest.
He further revealed that the four 10-wheeler trucks loaded with the undocumented 121 cubic meters of falcata logs were transported from the remote village of San Jose in Mondragon, Northern Samar to Butuan City in Mindanao.
DENR vowed to conduct investigation regarding the shipment of such illegally cut logs. “It is our mandate to protect our environment. We will not tolerate any act that would cause hazard to our environment,’ Cebuano said. He also admitted that several rules may have been violated by local environmental offices in the province of Northern Samar. Payment of administrative fees were also not paid with the transportation of the logs.
Confiscated items were impounded and placed in the custody of the Discoso Papa Naval Station in Kuta Kankabato of Tacloban City’s Kataisan point for proper disposition.
The shipper was charged with the violation of several laws primarily the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.