DENR 8 intensifies
forest protection efforts
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY – “We
will not leave any stone unturned and we will unite our forces to
combat the timber poachers and other forest law violators in the
region. These were the stern words of Regional Executive Director Primitivo C. Galinato, Jr. before all the Forest Rangers of the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 8.
The first in the
history of the DENR 8’s forest management, RED Galinato recently
called on the 121 Forest Protection Officers in the region to a one
day summit on forest protection and law enforcement at a restaurant in
Sagkahan, Tacloban City. The summit came in the heels of various
reports and complaints reaching the DENR to control reported illegal
logging activities going on in some parts of the region.
Said summit provides
an avenue for the exchange of experiences and strategies in forest
protection which worked well in an area worth replicating in other
areas specially those identified as hot spots for illegal logging.
During the summit, the forest rangers’ collective strengths in
enforcing forestry laws and regulation were also assessed, their
operational problems and needs were collated for DENR management to
Director Felipe S. Calub of the Forest Management Service committed
that all concerns gathered from the forest rangers during the summit
will be considered in the regional forest protection plan which shall
address the problem confronting forest management in region 8.
RED Galinato, upon his
assumption as the DENR Regional Chief on November 10, 2009, vowed to
strengthen forest protection and law enforcement in his management
direction, “from the ridges to the reefs”. This means that a well
protected forest will result to well managed lowland and coastal
areas. Forest is the mother of all ecosystems. If the forest is
destroyed all the other ecosystems will be adversely affected, he
that forest conservation is a very tough job. It needs the
cooperation of every citizen. Strengthening forest protection and
natural resources conservation has to start from within the Department
specifically through the forest rangers. They have to be organized
and capacitated in terms of logistical support, equipments and
enhancement of their knowledge on law enforcement.
However, we also need
the support of other partners of the DENR like the military, police,
other law enforcement agencies as well as the entire citizenry, in
combating the illegal activities in the forests. We shall also take a
look at the operation of the lumber dealers in the region because some
of them are only used as front in the illegal transport of forest
The efforts on
environmental protection and natural resources conservation are all
directed to address the clamor of various sectors to halt all illegal
activities in the forests. “All illegal activities must be stopped.
Instead, we should all plant trees in order to sustainably address our
lumber needs in the future. Trees are renewable resources. Plant
trees so that we can have something to be harvested tomorrow.
Maintaining an adequate forest cover can also help in solving the
problem of global warming and climate change,” Galinato quipped.