DENR notes zero smuggling of illegal lumbers at Nasipit Port

BUTUAN CITY—The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) has noted a significant decline in smuggling of illegally-cut lumber products in 10-footer vans shipped out of Nasipit Port in Agusan del Norte.


In her report to DENR Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer, the CENRO of Nasipit, Alejandra B. Boiser said   there was almost nil incidence of smuggling of illegal forest products   at the Port over the last eight months this year owing to strict monitoring of forest products being shipped through the closed cargo container vans. 


“We have not seen any container vans with highly-questionable sawn lumbers since we strengthened our forest patrol and monitoring at the Port origin before cargoes like lumber products are loaded into the cargo vessels” CENRO Boiser said. 


“I thought the shipment of forest products from illegal source has slowed down owing to tight campaign made by the previous CENRO” Boiser said. CENRO Boiser took over her new assignment at CENRO Nasipit in November 2018. 


 “Maybe the smugglers have the second thought of shipping out their illegally-obtained lumber products through the Nasipit port because of strict policy laid out among the government agencies concerned in coordination with the local government units, the PPA, Bureau of Customs, and the PNP”, CENRO Boiser said. 


Since February this year, the CENRO Nasipit Enforcement team headed by Forester II Gabriel Arlan reported 12 apprehensions and raids incidents in different places in remote barangays of Las Nieves, Butuan City and Buenvista in Agusan del Norte with a total of 29,102.37 bd.ft. of   illegal forest products apprehended which consisted species such as toog, lauan, Tangile, balit, white lauan, red lauan, antipolo, mancono for furniture product, hindang, falcata and molave. 


Recently, CENRO Boiser said, her enforcement team apprehended 1,660.32 bd.ft. of illegal forest products over two month operation in July and August and confiscated three units of multi cab jeepney ferrying lauan and other naturally-grown tree products. The aviation police at Butuan City Airport also turned over of 24 kilos of the highly-valuable Agar wood products confiscated from 5 out-bound Vietnamese passenger worth about P 1.1 million.


By: Herzon F. Gallego


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