Region 1 Intensifies Anti-illegal Logging Campaign

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A massive cutting of dipterocarp species as evidenced by fresh stumps and felled logs of 30-40 cm diameters and stockpiles of chainsawn lumber were sprawling all over the area of Mangatarem, one of the towns of Pangasinan.

A concerned citizen tipped-off these logging operations, hence prompted DENR Regional Executive Director Samuel Peñafiel to organize a team with his Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer and CENR Officer based in Dagupan City with the Local Government of Mangatarem led by Mayor Teodoro Cruz and the 7Th IB Philippine Army. The team broke into the area on Thursday (March 15 2012), unearthing a large- scale illegal logging operation in the town’s forest areas. RED Peñafiel disclosed that while they were on board the Army vehicles towards the area, the team discovered two roads leading to the forest areas; temporary sheds and tents were also constructed leading to their initial belief that such operation was being undertaken.

     As of press time, a continuing intelligence work is operating to determine the people behind this. The DENR CENRO Dagupan with the Philippine Army and PNP proceeded to haul the lumber. 

Coordination with DENR Region 3 has been initiated to seal all exit points. Meantime, the local government of Aguilar, Pangasinan has also been alerted to intensify manning the checkpoints while Mayor Cruz of Mangatarem has established a permanent checkpoint with the Phil. Army The DENR Region 1 firms up steps to neutralize the illegal cutting in the areas thru the organized anti-illegal task force all over the region. This was initiated in compliance with the Executive Order No. 23 intensifying anti-illegal logging all over the country. Just last year, the DENR conducted a series of anti-illegal logging seminars with the Philippine National Police, and LGUs and organized the Regional and provincial anti-illegal logging task forces in all the provinces in the Region.

     It can be recalled that Mangatarem was the first municipality to pass a Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) in the Region.  Mangatarem has about 13,863.61– hectare forest. Its main products and industries include tupig, agriculture, natural and mineral sources, forest production, and mini– hydroelectric project.#