P13M worth of forest goods seized in Zamboanga
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it has seized a total of 86,000 board feet of forest products estimated to be worth P13.4 million from timber poachers and illegal sawmills operating in the Zamboanga peninsula.
The goods were particularly seized by Task Force DENR Enforcers Metro Manila (TF-DEMM), which was formed by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu with the task of ensuring strict implementation of environmental laws and regulations and go after environmental offenders in the National Capital Region.
TF-DEMM executive director Jed Motus said the task force acted on intelligence reports that a licensed sawmill in Misamis Occidental was processing “hot” logs from timber poachers operating in Mt. Malindang, and sightings of illegal portable sawmills, locally called “bansuhan,” in Zamboanga del Norte.
Motus said the task force raided four sites where contraband were confiscated due to “spurious or absence of transport documents from its origin, and misdeclaration as to the type of tree species as contained in the Certificate of Timber or Lumber Origin.”
“There is no let up in DENR’s campaign against violators of environmental laws,” he said.
He assured the agency is strictly monitoring illegal transport of forest products in close coordination with law enforcement agencies like the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.