of 14th Infantry Battalion with Dolores PNP and CENRO Dolores
during the confiscation of 1,120 board-feet Dipterocarp lumber
in Brgy 2, Dolores, Eastern Samar on August 13, 2015.
8ID, PNP and CENRO
confiscate illegally cut lumbers
By DPAO, 8ID PA
August 21, 2015
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Army troops under the Oras based 14th Infantry (AVENGER)
Battalion, Dolores PNP and Dolores Eastern Samar Community Environment
and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) confiscated 70 pieces of
Dipterocarp lumber totaling 1,120 board feet at Barangay 2, Dolores,
Eastern Samar last August 13, 2015.
In a report from Lt. Col.
Peter B. Burgonio, Commanding Officer of the 14th Infantry Battalion,
DENR Region 8 made coordination with 14th IB to assist them in
confiscating the lumber while issuing apprehension receipts in
violation to section 77 RA 7161. The forest products, upon
confiscation, were brought and placed in the custody of CENRO,
Dolores, Eastern Samar for proper disposition.
It can be recalled that in
first semester this year, the 8ID, together with the Provincial and
Municipal local Chief Executives, spearheaded the declaration of their
areas as insurgency-free, thus, paving the way for the line units of
the Division to focus their efforts on non-traditional role.
Meanwhile, another 1,149
board feet of illegally cut Lawaan lumber were confiscated by the
elements of 802nd Brigade, Burauen PNP and Burauen MENRO in a joint
anti-illegal logging operation at Barangay Matin-ao, Burauen, Leyte
last August 12, 2015 that netted them 1,419 board feet of Lawaan
lumber. The confiscated pieces of lumber were brought to Burauen
Municipal Hall for safekeeping prior to its turn-over to proper DENR
The accomplishments are
results of the Command’s convergence efforts with various stakeholders
throughout Eastern Visayas where the Army has set focus more on
non-traditional role of assisting other government agencies to enforce
Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino,
8ID Commander, lauded the joint anti-illegal logging operations of the
Army, the PNP and DENR in enforcing environmental laws. Further, he
reiterated that 8ID under his Command will continue to support the
DENR in implementing its environmental protection programs.