LEGAZPI CITY (23-Nov-2012/PNA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) alerted the Camarines Sur Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO)on Friday to guard the province against indiscriminate cutting of trees that are used to produce charcoal.
The DENR San Fernando,Tinambac, Minalabac, Pasacao and Calabanga as wood charcoal hot spots because of its rampant production and selling of the commodity.
DENR regional executive director Gilbert Gonzales said PENRO along with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) in Naga and Iriga cities were directed to monitor and prevent the transport of charcoal out of the province without Certificate of Verification (CoVs).
CENROs have been warned from issuing charcoal transport permits without clearance from the DENR regional office, Gonzales said.
Transporting wood charcoal without the CoV and other permits is a violation of DENR Administrative Order 32 issued in 1997.
Under such circumstances, the DENR can apprehend the tools, implements, conveyances used in the conduct of illegal tree cutting and/or charcoal making, and may also initiate administrative and criminal proceedings, if warranted, Gonzales said.
Camarines Sur PENRO chief Arnel Rodriguezwas also advised to conduct inspections of various establishments directly involved in the buying and selling of charcoal and to identify the place where the charcoal originated.
Just recently, he said the team was able to confiscate more than 500 sacks of charcoal during separate operations in the province.
Based on regional reports, a total of 2,451 sacks of wood charcoal have been seized from January to September this year in the six Bicol provinces.
The biggest number of confiscation reaching 1,270 was recorded in Camarines Sur.
“Our intention is to control the indiscriminate cutting of trees in consonance with the log ban policy of and also to stop the denudation of Bicol’s forests,” Gonzales said.
In an intensified anti-illegal logging drive, Gonzales said that latest operations conducted in the region resulted in the confiscation of 3,945 board feet of lumber in Sorsogon, 5,229 bd. ft. in Masbate, 3,220 bd. ft in Catanduanes and 1,910 bd. ft. in Camarines Norte.(PNA)