COTABATO CITY – The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy’s (MENRE) provincial office in Lanao del Sur have seized a 2,000 board feet/4.72 cubic meter of illegally cut Lauan lumbers at Barangay Macaguiling, Lumba Bayabao Municipality.
Provincial ENRE Office through its First District Community ENRE Officer Asnawi Dataman led Saturday, April 24, the assessment of the confiscated illegal forest products.
Acting Municipal Chief of Police Major Josue O. Delos Reyes, Jr. and his unit spotted and apprehended on April 23 one KIA Bonggo loaded with the poached Lauan lumbers and identified the owner as Hadji Abdullah Mohaimen Hadji Salic.
“Nag-issue po tayo ng apprehension receipt upon assessment and filed legal complaint against the identified owner at the Provincial Prosecutors Office,” said Dataman.
“Estimated monetary value of the apprehended forest products is at 50,000 pesos” he added.
Recently, 1,766 BDFT/4.16 cu m of Lauan and other lumbers were also seized in Barangay Gadongan, Ditsaan-Ramain Municipality.
Provincial ENRE Officer Asmarie Labao commended the members of the Provincial Task Force Against illegal logging for displaying good coordination in battling illegal logging in their area.
Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Office (PNP – LDSPPO), 103rd Haribon Brigade, 82nd Infantry Battalion Philippine Army, and the Local Government Units of Lanao were among the members of the task force. (Bangsamoro Information Office/Photo from MENRE)