WEOs apprised on work at Natonin, Mt. Province

WEOs apprised on work at Natonin, Mt. Province


Natonin, Mountain Province – DENR – CAR CENRO Paracelis personnel  Forester Manuel Paganas spearheaded the conduct of meeting for the Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEOs) in Saliok, Natonin, Mountain Province.  A total of eleven (11) WEOs, four (4) Bantay Gubat and some baranagay officials and residents attended and participated in the meeting.

Barangay Captain Enrique Banggollay of Saliok, Natonin gave the welcome and opening remarks while Envonmental Management Specialist (EMS) Valentina Alinao explained the rationale of the program.

Land Management Investigator (LMI) Herald Alinao discussed the salient provisions of R.A. 9147 otherwise known as the Act Providing for the Conservation and Protection of Wildlife Resources and their habitats.  Mr. Alinao also expounded on the objectives, penalties and prohibitions along with the exemptions as provided in the act.  Ms. Alinao distributed the identification cards of the wildlife enforcement officers which contained the simplified functions of WEOs.  EMS Alinao pointed out that the WEOs, being in direct commune with nature, play great role in the conservation of wildlife resources and the protection of their habitats.                    

Further, Forester Paganas briefed the Wildlife Enforcement Officers on the provisions of Executive Order (EO) No. 23 about the moratorium on the cutting of trees. He explained that the degradation of the forests endangers the wildlife to the possibility of extinction if such degradation and destruction is not abated.  “Forests and wildlife should co-exist – without the other, one cannot survive.  The protection of the forest and all creatures living within are everybody’s concern, ” Paganas added. 

During the open forum, among the concerns are the security of the WEOs as they implement the Wildlife Act, what they can do if they apprehend people using chemicals in fishing in the rivers.  On the use of chemicals in the rivers, EMS valentina Alinao explained that the use of such has to be regulated.  She said that there should be a barangay ordinance that would warn the people that such use would not only harm the fish but also contaminate the water which in turn could harm human health.  The WEOs also inquired if they can report or participate in illegal cutting concerns.  EMSo explained that the protection of the forests which are the habitat of the wildlife is also among their functions.  However in doing so, they should have some companions in doing so.  “The Bantay Gubat assigned in your area can be their partner in such activity because that is their main function,” EMSAlinao clarified.

Forester Manuel Paganas added that in the implementation of the laws such as the Forestry Laws, the Wildlife Act, the help of the community and the designated WEOs and Bantay Gubat is needed.  In the end, te protection of the forests will benefit the residents themselves. Forester Paganas encouraged the participants to the meeting that if they have more queries, the employees of the DENR CENRO Paracelis are always ready to answer their queries.|C. Paracelis, HBAlinao


The secret chamber of the sky blue Isuzu elf


Among the type of vehicles, the Truck or elf has the simplest design, wherein the back part has only its sidings and flooring.

During the first week September. the PNP personnel headed by Police Chief Inspector Jose G. Mulleda while in the performance of their duty at Callagdao Check point, Bulanao, Tabuk City checked the vehicles that pass by. When the Isuzu elf, sky blue and with galvanized body bearing plate number TGS 985 passed by and driven allegedly by a certain Duga Bucalan from Paracelis Mt. Province and his two companions, the PNP purposely checked the said elf.  They noticed that the flooring of the elf was slightly lifted with undetermined volume of sawn Narra flitches underneath.         

It was found out that the elf has a secret chamber. The chamber contains 47 pieces of Narra with a total volume of 747 board feet amounting to 55,988. The said specie is properly covered with GI flat sheet gauge 14 and welded with angle bar on its side. This also served as the flooring for the second layer.

In order to unload the said content of the elf, the police officers needed to use a crow bar to remove the cover.

The second layer was loaded with several empty fruit baskets which were made out of plastic which also look like cases of soft drinks. One plastic crate was filled with empty bottles of mineral water.

The simple design of the vehicle was really redesigned and intended to transport undocumented forest products.

The opposite sidings of the elf have built-in benches out of GI flat sheet and angle bar. Between the two benches is the space where they can pile such volume of lumber and properly covered with the said flat sheet which serves as the flooring of the second layer.

The Lumber was officially turned over to CENRO Tabuk Office. By virtue of the seizure order issued by CENR Officer Severino L. Dalutag, the administrative hearing of the case commenced in September 14, 2017.   The said vehicle is now impounded within the premises  of CENRO Tabuk.|C. Tabuk, SBBakidan

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