By DPAO, 8ID PA
January 21, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – A joint anti-illegal logging operations by Samar Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Sta. Rita (CENRO-Sta. Rita), 805th Regional Mobile Force PNP, Marabut Municipal Police Station and elements from the NISU 53, NT G2, Joint Task Force Storm resulted to the seizure of illegally cut lumber in Brgy. Osmeña, Marabut, Samar on January 16, 2019 at 4:45 AM.
A total of 12,000 board feet of abandoned forest products of dipterocarp specie were recovered at the said vicinity with an estimated market value of P960,000.00. Said lumbers were turned-over to CENRO-Sta Rita for proper disposition and documentation.
The success of the operation was attributed to the information provided by the populace of Brgy. Osmeña against the illegal loggers operating in their area.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio AFP, Commander, 8ID/Joint Task Force Storm, commended the residents of Brgy. Osmeña for cooperating with the local government agencies and the military in locating the abandoned illegal lumbers.
In his message, the 8ID/Joint Task Force Storm Commander said that “the shared responsibility shown by the populace reflects their awareness in protecting their community from the catastrophic effects of illegal logging to the environment."
“The 8ID/Joint Task Force Storm as one of the deputized agencies of the Department of Environment Natural Resources relentlessly supports the National Greening Program of the government through the enforcement of the anti-illegal logging operations in Eastern Visayas for the protection and preservation of our ecosystem,” Farnacio added.