Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IX through its Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte apprehended 45 pieces or 261.17 board feet of undocumented Mahogany lumber and impounded two (2) tricycles which were used as conveyance in Sitio KM 10, Barangay Kilalaban, Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte on January 17, 2021.
CENRO Siocon personnel were conducting forest patrol when they accosted two men loading lumber products in their tricycles.
Upon investigation, the suspects were not able to present any legal document for the lumber which is in violation of Sec. 77 of P.D. No. 705 also known as the Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines.
This prompted the office to seize the lumber and impound the conveyances.
The seized lumbers and vehicles are now in CENRO Siocon’s impounding area for safekeeping and further investigation. Appropriate charges will also be filed against the two suspects.
DENR IX reminds everyone that cutting, gathering, collecting removing forest products without proper documents is punishable by law.
Photos courtesy of CENRO Siocon.