3 regions to intensify resource protection

3 regions to intensify resource protection

3 regions to intensify resource protection

 

Convergence includes wildlife and mineral resources

The protection of the natural resources of three regions will soon be strengthened following the interregional convergence meeting held in Baguio City on Nov. 20, this year.

The meeting resulted in the preparation of a memorandum of agreement among the regional executive directors (RED) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

According to Cagayan Valley environment chief Atty. Gil A. Aromin, the mutual complementation and collaboration will unify, and streamline efforts and resources toward achieving overall protection of the environment and natural resources.

“The interregional convergence is one of our initiatives pursuant to the commitment of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to stop illegal environmental activities,” RED Aromin said.

During the meeting, the environment chiefs agreed that the monitoring checkpoints for forest products in Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan; Bangui, Ilocos Norte; and Luna, Apayao will also be utilized to regulate the transport of wildlife and mineral products.

Mobile checkpoints will also be established in strategic places to intensify monitoring of forest products, wildlife and mineral resources.

The team leaders of the monitoring stations will closely coordinate to monitor any movement of illegal products including apprehension.

It was also agreed that the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) officer whose jurisdiction covers the monitoring station will supervise the activities of the checkpoint and will submit report to concerned RED.

Meanwhile, the administrative adjudication of the apprehended or seized forest products, wildlife and mineral products and transportation used, tools and equipment including filing of complaints against the perpetrators will be conducted by the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) office concerned. The disposition thereof will be in accordance with the existing laws, rules and regulations.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will assist in the apprehension and evaluation of mineral resources to be transported.

It can be recalled that on August 15, 2018, Secretary Cimatu issued DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2018-18 establishing a centralized coordinative mechanism at the Regional Office of DENR, MGB and Environmental Management Bureau.

Under the said DAO, the DENR RED, assistant regional director for technical services, PENR and CENR officers are deputized to police mining activities and enforce environmental laws, rules and regulations. They are also authorized to issue orders and to arrest violators of environmental laws. # CCC

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 Region 2 reactivates envi law enforcement group

2019 09 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have agreed to include in their enforcement activities other environmental laws whenever requested by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

This agreement was made after DENR Cagayan Valley Chief Atty. Antonio A. Abawag solicited the assistance of these law enforcement agencies in the apprehension of illegal transport of mineral products during the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (RAILTF) meeting held earlier at the DENR Regional Office in Tuguegarao City.

Director Abawag said the DENR will expand the deputation of ENR Officers to the members of the Task Force. They will be required to participate in the law enforcement training before their deputation.

The meeting resulted in the draft memorandum of agreement (MOA) reactivating the operationalization of the RAILTF. The MOA redefines the roles and obligations of the member agencies and the engagement of the Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard.

The MOA will provide quick response to verified reports of environmental violations within the region. It will also improve environmental law enforcement from deterrence, investigation, arrest and searches to prosecution.

The RAILTF was created in accordance with Resolution No. 2011-003 of the National Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force which defined the roles of the local government units and other law enforcement agencies.

The Task Force is mandated to take the lead in the anti-illegal logging campaign. It may call upon the support of any department, bureau and office to assist in the discharge of its functions, such as but not limited to the provision of administrative and technical assistance, logistical support and detail of personnel.

During the meeting, Atty. Abawag ordered the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers to closely coordinate with the battalion and unit commanders of the Philippine Army and the PNP in conducting anti-illegal logging operations. #CCC

 

 

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