By Marisol Bo-oc | 04:07 PM June 07, 2022
Alleged illegal loggers were arrested when they were about to transport several pieces of bamboo poles in Talibon town, police said Tuesday.
Patrolman Jayson Cristal of Talibon Police Station said suspects Fernando Torres, 54; Fernando Biaras, 35; and Martin Miñoza, 29; from Barangay Bagacay, Talibon, were caught with about 120 bamboo poles and loaded in a boat at around 8 a. m. Tuesday.
The three men were apprehended after they failed to present a permit for the bamboo products.
A case for violation of Presidential Decree 705, also known as the “Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines,” will be filed against the suspects.
DENR requires bamboo farmers to obtain a cutting permit under the Revised Forestry Administrative Order No. 11, dated Sept. 14, 1970. Its regional offices issue the permits. Bamboo inside tree plantations and private land covered by title or tax declarations are exempt from having to obtain permits.
The DENR also monitors the transport of bamboo. Shippers need to be able to provide a Certificate of Non-Timber Forest Products Origin (CNFPO) under DENR AO no. 59, issued Sept. 30, 1993, except for those planted inside titled and tax-declared land.