DENR to reactivate anti-illegal logging task force

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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