Camp Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet – The Villaviciosa anti-illegal logging municipal task force scored in its drive against environmental law violators last week following a crackdown on illegal loggers in Barangay Tuquib, Villaviciosa town in Abra.
Sr. Supt. Benjamin Lusad, Abra Provincial Director, reported Monday morning that during the anti-Illegal logging operation conducted last April 16, members of the Villaviciosa Municipal Police Station arrested four persons for transporting assorted lumbers without legal documents loaded in an Isuzu jeepney bearing plate number AYS 808.
The illegal log transporters were identified as Allen Segundo, Jerimy Gandeza, Manzel Sagubay, and Christopher Justo who are all farmers in Barangay Tuquib, Villaviciosa, Abra.
Police and members of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office confiscated 14 pieces of Narra and Doyong lumbers with a total volume of 572.4 board feet amounting to P53,000 including a chainsaw and a vehicle.
Suspects are now charged for Violation of PD 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.
“The creation of provincial anti-illegal logging task forces in all provinces is not only a big boost to our regional anti-illegal logging efforts, but it is also a strategic move on the part of our partner agencies to further protect the remaining forest resources of Cordillera,” said Chief Supt. Isagani Nerez, Police Regional Office-Cordillera Director.
The police have been conducting regular anti-illegal logging operations and checkpoints in the region as part of their commitment to protect the environment. The police chief added their pursuit of illegal loggers will continue beyond the celebration of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22.