MisOcc Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force files 6 cases vs EO 277 violators
By Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – At least six cases of administrative adjudication have been noted by the Provincial Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (PAILTF), in violation of Executive Order No. 277, from Jan. to June, this year.
Otherwise known as the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines, EO 277 amends Presidential Decree No. 705, particularly, Section 68, and penalizes individuals for cutting, gathering and/or collecting and possession of timber, or other forest products without legal documents required by existing forest laws.
It also authorizes the confiscation of illegally cut, gathered, removed and possessed forest products and granting rewards to informers of violations of forest laws. Rules and regulations, Edgardo G. Aguinaldo, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO), said.
Aguinaldo said these timbers, which are now in the custody of the PAITF, have been confiscated from the following areas, on the specified dates: Barangay Dullan Norte, this City, Feb. 24, and San Juan, Panaon, Feb. 26.
Barangay Pines, also of this city, transport of Falcata lumber without the required authority, March 5, and Barangay Sixto Velez, Sapang Dalaga, illegaly cut naturally grown trees, March 12.
Barangay Decoloc, Jimenez, cutting and possession of Narra logs without any authority, license or permit, April 6, and again in Barangay Pines, another case of cutting of trees without the required legal documents, June 10. (RCA/PIA10-Misamis Occidental)