24 il­le­gally cut man­grove trees found in Brooke's Point

Palawan News - - TOWNS - By Gil­lian Faye Ibañez Re­porter

En­vi­ron­ment au­thor­i­ties re­cov­ered some 24 il­le­gally cut man­grove trees Mon­day at the edge of a river in Brooke’s Point. For­est Ranger 1 Arthur De­merin, chief of the Mu­nic­i­pal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice’ (MENRO) Nat­u­ral Re­sources Sec­tion in the town, said a con­cerned ci­ti­zen who found the il­le­gally cut man­groves in Barangay Barong-Barong re­ported it to them on Oc­to­ber 22. De­merin said there were around 80 logs found in the area, but only 24 aban­doned logs were con­firmed to be man­grove trees. “More or less 80 pieces na poles. Ang 24 con­firmed na bakaw (man­grove) talaga,” he said. He said the logs are now in the cus­tody of Barong-Barong. The MENRO, De­merin said, is now look­ing for the owner of the man­grove poles as he faces charges for vi­o­la­tion of Sec­tion 68 of Pres­i­den­tial De­cree 705 “for the il­le­gal cutting, gather­ing and/or col­lect­ing tim­ber or other for­est prod­ucts with­out per­mits.” He said they are work­ing with the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources ( DENR) and the mu­nic­i­pal po­lice sta­tion (MPS) of Brooke’s Point in fight­ing the il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity in Brooke’s Point. “Mahig­pit kami ngayon na nag­pa­p­atu­pad lalung-lalo na ang or­di­nansa natin sa en­vi­ron­ment dito sa nasasaku­pan ng Brooke’s Point. Ang masasabi ko sa kanila, hangga’t gu­ma­gawa sila ng il­le­gal, andiyan kami pat­u­loy nam­ing susug­puin sila sa kahit saang as­peto. Andiyan ang DENR na sumusu­porta sa tuwing mag-a-ap­pre­hend kami, lalung-lalo na ang PNP sta­tion natin para ma­pa­natili rin ang kalig­tasan namin sa op­er­a­tion,” De­merin said.

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