By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – An anti-illegal logging task force in Agusan del Sur seized more than 4,745 board feet of illegally-cut Lauan flitches in Sitio Kosep, Barangay Bayugan 3, Rosario of the province.
In a report to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Executive Director Felix S. Alicer, Bunawan Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Jerome H. Albia said the illegally-cut forest products were found during s search and retrieval operation conducted by the illegal logging task force.
“Backed by the police and military forces, the illegally-cut forest products were found when concerned villagers reported on Friday (May 15) the exact location to our task force,” said CENRO Albia, in his report also to Agusan del Sur Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Joey Concha.
The confiscated forest products were valued at P118,625.
The CENRO Bunawan is still conducting thorough investigation to determine the owner of the seized abandoned forest products for filing of charges in violation of the Forestry Code of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the regional officer of the DENR reported the confiscation of 294,069.88 board feet of illegal logs and lumber products valued at P8,489,338.