BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 27 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR) has reported a significant increase in confiscation of forest products, tools, equipment and conveyances in the region for 2011, in line with its mandate under Executive Order No. 23.
The executive order, signed by President Benigno S.Aquino III on February 2011, declares a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and creates an anti-illegal logging task force.
DENR-CAR Forest Management Service Regional Technical Director Augusto Lagon reported that in 2011, the agency has recorded a total confiscation of about 137.49 cubic meters (cu.m.) of lumber and furniture all over the region. The record posted significant increase compared to the 11.25 cu.m. of illegal material confiscated in 2010.
The province of Benguet recorded 47.42 cu.m. of confiscation. Apayao confiscated 29.29 cu.m. Mt. Province had 23.76 cu.m. of confiscated materials, while Abra, Ifugao and Kalinga confiscated 13 cu.m., 12.01 cu.m. and 12.01 cu.m., respectively.
Lagon also reported that in the 2011 implementation of environmental and natural resources laws in Cordillera, 27 conveyances and 15 chainsaws were also confiscated while 31 cases were filed in court.
He also reported that they have convened 44 Anti-illegal Logging Task Forces (AILTF) from the regional, to provincial down to municipal and city level all over the region. (JDP/LD-PIA CAR)