3,983 assorted species of sea shells turned over to PCSDS WTMU
3,983 assorted threatened and non-threatened species of sea shells were turned over at an airport in El Nido for the month of March.
The confiscations were done by the Wildlife Trafficking Monitoring Unit (WTMU) personnel of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS).
Meanwhile, the WTMU confiscated 1,899 of assorted species of threatened and non-threatened sea shells and two stingray tails in different seaports and airports in Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron this month.
The wildlife items were transferred and stored to PCSDS Office in Bgy. Irawan, Puerto Princesa while awaiting admin forfeiture from the PCSD Adjudication Board.
705.1 board ft. of Ipil, Apitong seized in San Vicente
A regular patrol and surveillance in San Vicente town on March 10 led to the discovery and confiscation of around 705.1 board feet of assorted sizes of fresh cut Ipil and Apitong lumber and four pieces of Ipil slabs.
Acting on a tip-off, the members of the Provincial Law Enforcement Task Force composed of PCSDS Enforcement Team, Bantay Palawan Operatives, along with the San Vicente Eco-Guards and Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit stormed to Purok 3, Sto. Niño, Brgy. Irawan to verify the alleged illegal logging activities.
A detailed seizure receipt of the above-mentioned items was made to Jerry Olitan Mandia, who’s allegedly involved in the activity.
Presidential Decree No. 705, otherwise known as Forestry Code, prohibits people from collecting and possessing forest products without proper permit from the concerned government agency.
The confiscated items were turned-over to Chief FMS Vitaliano B. Marañan of CENRO-Roxas and proper case against the identified violator will be charged accordingly.
Banned Ipil lumber confiscated in Taytay
Several Ipil lumber of assorted sizes was confiscated in Sitio Comalibongbong, Bgy. Bato, Taytay, Palawan on March 15.
Six pieces of 6x6x12 and one piece of 6x6x5 of Ipil lumber were seized during the conduct of foot patrol of the members of the Provincial Law Enforcement Task Force, composed of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff Enforcement Team and Bantay Palawan Operatives, along with the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit.
Upon investigation, per Bgy. Kagawad Nildo V. Heredero of Bgy. Bato, the said lumber was allegedly owned by a certain Engr. Roland Valdestamon.
A detailed seizure receipt of the above-mentioned operation was made and the items confiscated were under the temporary custody of Heredero.
Further investigation shall be conducted to verify whether or not the lumber are certainly owned by Engr. Valdestamon.
Presidential Decree No. 705, otherwise known as Forestry Code, prohibits collecting, gathering and possessing forest products without the proper permit from the competent government agency.
Meanwhile, 14 pieces of Ipil lumber of different sizes were found abandoned by environmental authorities in Sitio Barok, Bgy. Cantaban, Taytay, Palawan on March 14.
Since no individual was found in the area, the team confiscated the items and left a detailed seizure receipt in the area.
The items were turned over to Community Environment and Natural Resources-Taytay for proper disposition.
Further investigation shall be conducted to identify the individual/s involved.
Owners surrender 2 unregistered chainsaws
Two units of unregistered chainsaw were turned over to law enforcement authorities during its conduct of regular foot patrol in two northern Palawan towns.
Joel M. Revil of Sto. Niño, Brgy. Irawan, San Vicente town voluntarily surrendered his chainsaw to the Provincial Law Enforcement Task Force on March 9. Ramito Gabinete of Barangay Magara, Roxas town did the same on March 21.
Possession of unregistered chainsaw is in violation to RA 9175, otherwise known as Chainsaw Act and the PCSDS Administrative Order No. 7.
A separate detailed turn-over receipt was made to Revil and Gabinete after surrendering the chainsaw in the presence of barangay officials and the members of the enforcement team, composed by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) Enforcement Team and Bantay Palawan Operatives, together with the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit.
The recovered chainsaws were later turned-over to PCSDS for proper disposition.