23 un­reg­is­tered chain­saws turned over to PCSD

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Some 23 un­reg­is­tered and tam­pered chain­saws were re­cently turned over by the Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (CENRO) in Tay­tay town to the Palawan Coun­cil for Sustainable De­vel­op­ment (PCSD). Voltaire de­los An­ge­les, for­est tech­ni­cian 1 and team leader of the lo­cal CENRO-Quick Re­sponse Team, said Thurs­day the chain­saws are ei­ther “aban­doned, seized, or vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­dered” to them. Pablo Cruz, head of CEN- RO-Tay­tay, or­dered the turnover of the seized items to the PCSD’ En­vi­ron­men­tal Crit­i­cal Ar­eas Net­work-Reg­u­la­tory En­force­ment Divi­sion (ECAN-RED) last Oc­to­ber 29. “Sec­ond batch na ito ng mga turned over na un­reg­is­tered, tam­pered, at as­sem­bled chain­saws. Noong una pa may nauna na din kam­ing naturn over na 15 units,” he said. The first batch was turned over some time ago af­ter their own­ers were sub­mit­ted to ju­di­cial in­quiries for the fil­ing of il­le­gal log­ging charges. He said the turnover of the chain­saws sym­bol­izes the com­mit­ment of CENRO in Tay­tay to en­sure that un­scrupu­lous in­di­vid­u­als are stopped from caus­ing the degra­da­tion of the forests. “Hindi kami titigil sa re­spon­si­bil­ity namin na pan­gala­gaan ang ka­likasan sa Tay­tay. Bawal sa Chain Saw Act of 2002 ang pagkaka­roon ng gani­tong gamit na hindi nire-re­histro,” he said.

Staff and per­son­nel of the CENRO Tay­tay and PCSD pose in front of the 23 chain­saws turned over on Oc­to­ber 29. (Photo cour­tesy of CENRO-QRT Tay­tay)

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