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Anti-illegal logging task force confiscates hot lumber in Tamban

TINAMBAC, CAMARINES SUR— At least 20,000 board feet of hardwood lumber were confiscated by the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task force during their raid at Tamban here.

NBI Regional Director Tomas Enrile, the head of the Anti -Illegal Logging Task Force said that the illegal logging activity appeared to have been in active operation for a longer period of time already.

This is based on the pieces of evidence that they saw, like the presence of a circular saw, chain saw and other equipment used to process the illegally cut lumber, and the pile of saw dust found in the different saw mills.

Onsite, along Tamban River, the authorities noted that more than 50 small saw mills were established by persons involved in the illegal activity.

Apart from NBI Region V, the other members of the task force include DENR V personnel, Centro Goa, Members of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office, and members of Tinambac Municipal Police Station.

Initial investigations reveal that the logs were illegally cut from the timberland of Lagonoy.

The same report also confirms that Tamban Port is used as the entry point of illegally cut lumber from the island Province of Catanduanes.

Also taken into custody by the task for is a huge stock of driftwood materials estimated to range from 500 to 1,000 kilos which was piled at Tamban Port.

It was learned from the local residents here that the driftwood is priced at P5.00 per kilo.

At least 4 persons armed with unlicensed firearms were arrested during the raid.

NBI Regional Director Enrile, the head of the composite team, said that they are will file a complaint against the arrested persons for Violation of Presidential Decree 705, otherwise known and the Illegal Logging Decree.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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