ILOILO CITY, 15 Feb (PIA)—Illegal activities are not tolerated especially in a protected park, like the Bulabog-Puti-an Natural Park, in Dingle, Iloilo.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources said its team patrollers had apprehended eight persons caught cutting, gathering and destroying trees in the park using a chainsaw without license.
DENR-6 Director Jim Sampulna said the department will not tolerate any crime against the environment.
The Bulabog-Puti-an is a protected area and is even called a ‘living university’ because of the presence of different plants and animals species, and accessibility to Iloilo City.
“We cannot underestimate its importance in maintaining ecological balance,” Sampulna said.
He added that violators will have to answer in the courts of law.
A total of 20.1 cubic meters or 8,517 board feet plus three mahogany round poles of illegally cut forest products were apprehended by the team of the community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Barotac Nuevo last January 26.
The total volume of confiscated products had an estimated arket value of P275,515.20.
Accused of violating Section 77 of Presidential Decree 705 or the Revised Forestry Code were Romeo Mallorca, John Paul Galeno, Zaldy Dao-ang and Roy Flores, who claimed that the trees they cut were within the titled property of Mr. Meliton Dalipe/Rogelia Mallorca.
The group used an STIHL Model 070 chainsaw with expired DENR registration.
A press release of the DENR said that Jerry Galeno, Michael Dayandayan, Jay Dayandayan, Jomar Ardiente Bucaling and Narry Banhao Francelizo were caught illegally cutting, destroying trees and gathering planted mahogany trees without authority.
The Patrol Team in the region, dubbed “LAWIN” is developed by the DENR and the USAID where regular and strict forest patrolling is done to ensure forest conservation and protection. (JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo)