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8ID, Philippine Navy and DENR seize illegally cut lumber

September 17, 2015

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – Army troops under 78th Infantry Battalion, 53rd Engineering Brigade, Philippine Navy and personnel from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 8 conducted a joint anti-illegal logging operation that confiscated 1,398 board feet of Lawaan Lumber at Barangay Villa Corazon, Burauen, Leyte on September 16, 2015.

In a report from Lt. Col. Allan Jose L. Taguba, Commanding Officer of the 78th Infantry Battalion, DENR Region 8 headed by Kenneth Yves Salon, Forester Management 1 made coordination with 78th IB to assist them in confiscating the illegally cut lumber. The forest products, upon confiscation, were transported at DENR Region 8 in Brgy Candahog, Palo, Leyte for custody and proper disposition.

It can be recalled that the government is pushing the intensive joint anti-illegal logging operation in a landslide prone province of Southern Leyte last month that netted 1,419 board feet of Lawaan lumber.

The accomplishments are results of the Command’s convergence efforts with various stakeholders throughout Eastern Visayas where the Army has set focus more on non-traditional role of assisting other government agencies to enforce laws.

Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, 8ID Commander, lauded the joint anti-illegal logging operations of the Army, the Philippine Navy and DENR in enforcing environmental laws. Further, he reiterated that 8ID under his Command will continue to support the DENR in implementing its environmental protection programs.