The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday, May 11, reminded the public that selling of chainsaws is strictly regulated and requires government permits, particularly from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The NBI issued the reminder following the arrest last May 6 of three persons who were caught selling chainsaws in several establishments in Nueva Viscaya.
NBI Officer-In-Charge Director Eric B. Distor said the NBI’s Bayombong District Office (NBI-BAYDO) conducted entrapment operations against business firms Powersaw Trading, Ganie Saw Center and Blanco Agricultural Farm Machinery Trading that resulted in the arrest of their workers identified as Emero M. Saguid, Isagani B. Fornoda, and Randy B. Ramirez.
Seized during the operations were two locally assembled chainsaws being sold by Powersaw, two Stihl chainsaw from Ganie, and one chainsaw from Bianco, the NBI said.
It said “a Certification issued by the PENR (Provincial Environment and Natural Resources) Sub-office of the DENR Office, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya revealed that no authority nor permit to sell and distribute the subject cutting machines were issued to Powersaw, Ganie, and Blanco,” the NBI said.
Those arrested, including Powersaw owner Alex P. Negrillo, were presented for inquest before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for violation of Republic Act No. 9175, the Chainsaw Act of 2002, it also said.