Benguet cops seize il­le­gal logs

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Jonathan Llanes

THE in­ten­si­fied cam­paign of Benguet po­lice against il­le­gal loggers have paved the way for the seizure of il­le­gally cut lum­bers in two mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of the prov­ince.

On Novem­ber 9, per­son­nel of Atok Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion led by Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor Ce­sar Dug-a Mal­lon and Car­los Peng­wasan from the Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (CENRO) at Km. 21, Ca­lik­ing con­ducted an anti-il­le­gal log­ging op­er­a­tion at the bound­ary of Atok-Tublay at Si­tio Pa­payeo.

While pa­trolling, they dis­cov­ered seven pieces of 1x12x10, two pieces of 2x3x10, and a 2x3x8 pine lum­bers with a to­tal of 84 board feet which was aban­doned in the area.

The re­cov­ered pine lum­bers were hauled to the CENRO Of­fice for proper dis­po­si­tion.

In the morning of the same day, per­son­nel of Kabayan Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion with an aug­men­ta­tion from the Pro­vin­cial Mo­bile Force Com­pany con­ducted pre­ven­tive pa­trol at Si­tio Oleg Akki, Bal­lay which led to the re­cov­ery of a Stihl chain­saw with no se­rial num­ber and as­sorted sawn pine lum­bers in dif­fer­ent di­men­sions.

Re­cov­ered pine lum­bers in­clude 28 pieces 2x2x10 and three pieces 2x3x10 to­tal­ing to 108.33 board feet with es­ti­mated market value of P2,708.33.

The re­cov­ered pine lum­bers and chain­saw were brought to Kabayan MPS for doc­u­men­ta­tion and safe­keep­ing.

Al­though no per­sons were ar­rested dur­ing the op­er­a­tions, Benguet PPO still con­sid­ers this as a tes­ta­ment to their cam­paign not only on il­le­gal log­ging, but in pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

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