ALBUERA, LEYTE – The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) here , in cooperation with the Albuera police, confiscated some 342.66 board feet of suspected illegally sourced lumber from a mountain barangay here and impounded the Multicab it was on, in the evening of October 23 (Wednesday).
Mario Tubania, CENRO, said the lumber was a mix of Antipolo and the banned species, Lawa-an. Its estimated commercial value is P 17,000, more or less. He said their informant texted them the lumber was to be delivered to a “Noy Tap” in Brgy. Seguinon, a highway barangay, where they were able to catch up with the Multicab.
Tubania said the anonymous texter informed them that illegally sourced lumber were being loaded in the interior barrio of Sherwood, ready for transporting. They would catch up with the Multicab at the highway barangay of Seguinon.
Arrested was the driver Jovani Valenzona Anjo, a resident of Brgy. Sherwood. The Multicab, with plate number HVR-124, is owned by Rosalina Medrano, resident of Mabini in Ormoc City.
Both the lumber and the conveyance, said Tubania, would be subjected to confiscation proceedings, he said. Tubania said the suspected owners and the driver would be given a chance to present their side during the confiscation proceeding, as they might be able to prove that the Antipolo is legally sourced, even if it was already a telltale sign that such was also illegally sourced as it was loaded in the evening. But for the Lawa-an, he said, he is sure they cannot present any document to prove it was legally sourced.
The CENRO also commented he is glad that the people’s confidence to their office is returning, and that this is the second apprehension they were able to do with the help of an anonymous texter. He said that this could be the result of a talk he did with barangay officials sometime in July, during a “Barangay Bayanihan” activity spearheaded by the 78th IB of the Philippine Army held at Brgy. Damulaan. He talked about their programs and announced his cell phone number, assuring them he would act on information that would be texted him about illegal logging activities. By Lalaine M. Jimenea