Some 1.16 million pesos worth of finished and undocumented forest product were seized in a subdivision in Mandaue City.

The seizure came after Executive Judge Teresita Abarquez-Galanida of Regional Trial Court Branch 56, Mandaue City issued a search warrant number 8-18-2015 last August 19 to Danilo Apao for violation of section 77 of Presidential Degree 705 or the Forestry Code of the Philippines in relation to Executive Order 23.

A total of 34 pieces or four tables and 30 chairs made of Mancono were found inside the house of Apao in Maria Antonia Village, Labogon, Mandaue City past 1 in the afternoon last August 19.

“The owner of the seized forest products will have to undergo an administrative adjudication proceedings to determine its culpability to existing forestry laws and regulations and the appropriate criminal cases will be filed against him,” said Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo.

The search warrant states, among others, “good and sufficient reasons exist that Apao has in his possession and control of the four finished tables and 30 finished chairs derived from undocumented Manconono species”.

DENR-7’s Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Cebu City led by foresters Nolito Lapinig, Lucio Cañete, Jr. and Arnold Omandam enforced the search warrant with forest rangers Danilo Orbasido, Lucito Sardañas, Ronilo Rentucan and Ronald Anabieza.

Montejo explained the requirement of providing transport documents covering the said forest commodities becomes very important, not only as a basis for determining the resource drain but also in providing a control mechanism against the unauthorized movement and disposition of contraband forest products.

“As ordered by the Court, a compliance report will be submitted to Executive Judge Abarquez-Galanida” said CENR Officer Raul Pasoc

Pasoc said the confiscated forest products are now at the DENR-CENRO Cebu City for safekeeping which will be used as pieces of evidence in the court.

“There is no let up in our campaign against violators of the environmental laws. I have directed our DENR field officers to strictly monitor alleged illegal transport of forest products,” Montejo said.

Mancono (Xanthostemon verdugonianus) is one of the most valuable and important species in the Philippines because of its hardness and weight and has been used for posts, saltwater piling, tool handles, bowling balls, dumb-bells, paper weights, and other novelties.

“The DENR pursues a more vigorous campaign against environmental law violators as environmental law enforcement is one of the priority thrusts of DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje,” Montejo added.


Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism

 The Manila Times

by Philip Camara on January 5, 2017 Analysis


TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.

The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.

One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.


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Bojo river is an 8-km estuarine river with a depth of 3.8 meters during high tide. It shelters 61 species of endemic and migratory birds, 96 species of plants and 22 mangroves species. 

Nursery in CENRO Ayungon which supports the massive reforestation under the National Greening Program.

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