By Nestor Abramatea
TACLOBAN CITY – A Philippine Army official confirmed that illegal logging is rampant in the province.
Lt. Col. Danilo Dupiag, commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion based in Burauen, Leyte, who briefed the media during the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Training for Media Personnel here, said illegal logging continues in the mountains of Leyte.
Dupiag said the government has made inroads in the campaign to go after illegal loggers.
Two loggers from Burauen and three from Jaro were convicted last year for illegally cutting trees.
Dupiag said his unit is helping in the anti-illegal logging drive in the mountains of Burauen, Dagami, Jaro, Carigara and Capoocan, Leyte.
The mountains in these five towns are part of the watershed of two water districts of Leyte.
In July 2017, the towns of Carigara and Capoocan were waterless for several weeks after the source of the water of the Carigara Water District in the mountain of Carigara collapsed because of rampant illegal logging.
A truck of the local government of Jaro was also apprehended by authorities for transporting illegal lumber from the mountain in Jaro.