Philippines’ CARAGA Region Intensifies Campaign on Illegal Logging
|August 26, 2012||Posted by Junjie M. under Country, News|
The CARAGA Region is now planning on intensifying its campaign against illegal logging as officials recently recovered high-value illegally cut logs along two rivers in Agusan del Sur province last August 20.
Led by the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force, the bust operation was also supported by military and police personnel. A total of 62 cubic meters of assorted logs were seized by the task force in this latest operation. The logs were cut from some high-valued trees, such as red and white lauan, bagtikan, mayapis, tangile, and almon, that line up the rivers of Agusan del Sur. The value of these seized logs was estimated to be at P308,000.
The logs, which were seized along the banks of Adgawan River in La Paz town, and Ihaoan and Johnson rivers in Loreto town, were supposed to be carried to the processing plants. The task force turned the seized logs over to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Talacogan, Agusan del Sur.
An earlier operation transpired this month wherein at least P1.7 million worth of illegally cut logs were seized by a team composed of police and military personnel. The seized logs were about 70,000 board feet of the same kind of trees seized in the Agusan rivers last Monday, and were intercepted in an old warehouse in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.
The CARAGA region now plans on stepping up its rules and regularizations regarding the cutting of trees and making use of other natural resources. This move is a means of not only to protect the region’s natural resources but also to protect the citizens of any threat of flashfloods especially during the rainy season.
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