DENR to reactivate anti-illegal logging task force

DENR to reactivate anti-illegal logging task force

2019 02

 

The regional anti-illegal logging task force (RAILTF) created under Executive Order No. 23 will again come into action soon following the order made by the new Cagayan Valley environment chief to reactivate the team.

In the first expanded executive committee meeting held on Jan. 24 at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office in Tuguegarao City, Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Antonio A. Abawag discussed priority directives to intensify the campaign against forest destruction in Region 2 being a transshipment point of illegal forest products.

Pursuant to Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force Resolution No. 2011-003, the regional task force is chaired by the DENR regional executive director with the Department of the Interior and Local Government regional director as vice chair. The Philippine National Police regional director and the brigade commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines serve as members.

According to RED Abawag, he will meet the task force in February to formulate anti-illegal logging operations.

He said the DENR will train partners to be deputized for forest protection activities and shift other Forest Rangers from forest development to forest protection activities.

The DENR lawyers will also participate in anti-illegal logging operations particularly in the filing of cases.

The regional environment chief instructed the field officials not to recommend new lumber dealer permits for his approval and not to renew permits with reports of violation as he ordered the conduct of stock inventory of lumber dealers. He also announced that he will not release apprehended conveyances.

To intensify the integration of mining and environmental programs into the Department’s priorities, RED Abawag ordered the creation of ENR law enforcement task force to be composed of DENR technical personnel and consultant lawyers, and staff from the Environmental Management Bureau, and Mines and Geosciences Bureau. The task force will immediately act on violation 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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