The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region IX through its Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte files criminal charges, through an inquest proceeding at the Sub-Office Provincial Prosecutor, against 10 persons for allegedly transporting undocumented forest products which were intercepted by the Philippine National Police Siocon Municipal Station and the ZDN 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company in a pump boat along the coastal area of Sicanan, Latabon, Siocon in the evening of Wednesday last week
According to the report of PMAJ Edison F. Alviar, PNP Siocon MPS Chief of Police who likewise headed the Task Force (TF) Pink Panther, his team was conducting a sea-borne patrol at the coastal area of Siocon when they spotted a green Jungkong pump boat loaded with 90 pieces of White Lauan lumbers with 10 people on board. When accosted, the suspects do not have the necessary permits which prompted the PNP to seize said conveyance and lumber and place the suspects under arrest.
Immediately, they informed CENRO Siocon personnel and properly turned-over the apprehended items as they took custody of the 10 violators while CENRO Siocon prepared the necessary documents for filing of criminal charges for violation of Sec 77 of PD 705 or the Philippine Forestry Code as amended by EO 277.
CENRO Rey A. Jalandoni commended the PNP Siocon MPS, under the command of PMAJ Edison F. Alviar for the continuous campaign on anti-illegal logging by virtue of Executive Order No. 23, declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and creating the anti-illegal logging task force.
CENRO Siocon will continue to implement forest campaign and protection of the denuded forest zones and file appropriate charges against the violators despite the occurrence of COVID-19.Photos Courtesy of CENRO Siocon Personnel