Navy and DENR seize illegally cut lumber
By DPAO, 8ID PA
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
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