Illegal logging in Buguias averted
Through the Joint Operation of DENR-CENRO-Buguias, the PNP - Camp Molintas, the PNP - Buguias and the LGU - Buguias, an illegal logging operation at Sitio Polis, Brgy. Amgaleyguey, Buguias, Benguet was averted early morning of January 13, 2017 where a more or less 3,000 bd. ft. of illegally sawn pine lumbers and slabs were seized.
The team from CENRO Buguias headed by the CENR Officer Rabindranath P. Quilala and Forest Protection Officer Benny M. Pesnek with the team from the Benguet Provincial Public Safety Command (PPSC) based at Camp Molintas, Bangao, Buguias headed by SPO 1 Joseph Miller Fakat and PNP Buguias proceeded to the target areas on the said date to suppress the on-going illegal logging operation.
The government operatives formed two (2) groups to cover the two (2) different sites where illegal logging activities are being undertaken. The team discovered the illegally sawn lumbers and slabs in the areas abandoned by the culprits, which were initially scaled to be more or less 3,000 board feet with a market value of about P120,000.00. There were information gathered that the illegal loggers are not from the said area but are only being hired by the property owners and claimants to convert it to vegetable farms.
The said contrabands were manually hauled from the logging sites to the identified staging areas by the government operatives, which eventually were transported to CENRO-Buguias Office in Taneg, Mankayan, Benguet through the assistance of PPSC Truck and the 4WD Dump Truck of LGU - Buguias General Services Office (GSO).
Mayor Ruben Tindaan of the Municipality of Buguias and Co-Chairman of the LGU-Buguias Municipal Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (MAILTF) reminded all Barangay Captains of their mandate pursuant to Executive Order No 23 to actively be involved in the fight to stop illegal logging in the area. In fact, Buguias is known to be the Benguet Vegetable Capital in the North whose main industry is vegetable farming.
Meanwhile, CENR Officer Quilala is still very hopeful that the Sustainable Pine Forests Ecosystems Management Program that his office adopted last year will not be in vain. “There is a need to continually educate our people on the benefits of maintaining a healthy and balance ecology within the remaining pine forests in Northern Benguet”, Quilala stated.
Quilala reiterated that CENRO - Buguias have been campaigning for the revival of the pine resin tapping industry as a source of livelihood for the people of Benguet. The collection of pine needles and pine forest wastes as fuel wood for biomass energy development and the revitalization of agro-forestry approach for forest conservation and development area are also part of the said program. The challenge to convert pine forests into sustainable eco-tourism sites and the continuous strengthened forest protection activities within the jurisdiction of CENRO-Buguias are among their top priorities.|VSito, C. Buguias
2017 Asian Waterbird Census Conducted at Alfonso Lista
The 2017 Asian Waterbird Census and the International Black Faced Spoonbill Census (IBSC) was done at Maris and Magat Dams spillways, Namillangan and Sto Domingo, Alfonso Lista, Ifugao on January 13, 2017. The activity was to count, monitor and capture different species of waterbirds dwelling in the reservoirs. It was also to spot and take photo of new specie called the Black Faced Spoonbill that is said to have migrated to the dams as its new habitat.
The Census was participated by the different offices, schools and organizations led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) attended by representatives of the different PENROs and CENROs of DENR-CAR, in coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of A. Lista, Ifugao as the Municipality host, the National Power Corporation (NPC) Isabela, SN Aboitiz, National Irrigators Association (NIA), Ifugao State University (IFSU) and Benguet State University (BSU) represented by some Instructors and students, Wildlife Enforcement Officer (WEO) CENRO A. Lista designated and members of the Wildlife Photographers Association (WPA) Baguio city as lead photo captures of the different kinds of waterbirds.
The participants from the different PENRO and CENRO offices arrived on the 11th day of January 2017 and had an orientation at the CENRO A. Lista, Namillangan A. Lista, Ifugao on January 12, 2017 in the morning regarding the details of the activity and had another orientation in the afternoon of the same date with all the participants from the different Institutions and Organizations at the SB Office, Municipal Hall, A. Lista, Ifugao to further explain the essence and flow of the activity. It was decided that it should consist of Two (2) schedules of counting; the 1st schedule was at 5:00 PM (sunset) of January 12, 2107 right after the orientation and the 2nd was at 6:00 AM (sunrise) on January 13, 2017 with two (2) teams per schedule having two (2) locations, one at Maris and the other one at Magat Dam simultaneously.
The two teams with different locations had spotted, counted and captured various species of birds such as Heron, Egret and the Philippine Duck. Details of the sighting of the Black Faced Spoonbill, other species and the official count of the species mentioned were said to be consolidated and to be published/reported by members of DENR-CAR Biodiversity Division, Baguio City.
After the conduct of the Census, the participants took the opportunity to enjoy some of the amenities of the proposed Eco- Tourism Park of the Municipality of A. Lista, these include sight-seeing, boating and the 1000 steps hiking. They all departed in the afternoon of January 13, 2017. |C. A. Lista, PBalao