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Dipolog: CENRO Manukan apprehends undocumented lumber worth 165K on two occasions

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A series of apprehensions on undocumented lumber were conducted by personnel from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Manukan last week  at Brgy. Disakan, Manukan and Brgy. Mandih, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

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According to CENR Officer Forester George Laolao,  his office received a tip last July 11 from the Deputized Environment and Natural Resources Officer (DENRO) of the Provincial Environment and Management Office (PAMO) of Dipolog City on the presence of  lumber in Barangay Disakan, Manukan.

CENRO Laolao immediately dispatched  a quick response team, together with the DENRO, to proceed to the said area to investigate.

The joint team discovered 1,246 board feet of Narra lumber with an equivalent value of Php 122,000.00 abandoned in the area. As no one claimed ownership to the lumber during that time, it was taken into custody and hauled to the CENR Office of Manukan for safekeeping and further investigation.

On the other hand, personnel from the Sindangan Forest Product and Monitoring Station, a field office under CENRO Manukan, apprehended allegedly stocked undocumented forest products within a previously closed saw mill located at Mandih, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

The apprehension was made when the said forest protection officers where on monitoring patrol, they chanced upon the illegal forest products in plain sight within the vicinity of the saw mill which was previously closed last June 29, 2021.

Initial investigation revealed that the  owner of the mini sawmill ceased from operating and purchasing wood materials since its closure and  entrusted the establishment to his worker/employee. In view thereof, the owner of the sawmill was invited to shed more light regarding his connection on the alleged illegal activity.

The team  apprehended fifty-three (53) pieces of various naturally grown tree species   and other miscellaneous species round logs with a volume of 2,132 board feet and an equivalent value of Php 45,000.00.

The same were immediately hauled at CENRO Manukan compound for safe keeping and further investigation.

(Source: DENR Zamboanga Peninsula)

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