A total of 3,843.10 board feet of red and white laua-an and other naturally grown lumber were seized in Barangay Caduha-a, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental. Operatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), police, and Philippine Army’s 12th Infantry Battalion recovered the undocumented lumber at a lumber yard. The operation was staged after a week of surveillance, coordination, and monitoring. According to Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Edgardo Rostata, the lumber were poached using sledge and carabaos to haul logs from the headwater of Dalayapaan River to Hacienda Salvacion in Caduhaan, where the ripping and re-sizing happened before final delivery to the outlets. Meanwhile, Forest Management Services chief Renato Sabinian said that since the lumber dealer had no legal documents to support the possession of these forest products, it was a clear violation of Presidential Decree 705 section 77.

Source: Panay News Philippines