PNP: Illegal logging continues in Cagayan despite quarantine

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, June 22 (PIA) - - The Cagayan Police Provincial Office has confiscated and recovered more than 20,000 board feet of illegal logs worth over a million since community quarantine was imposed.

Provincial Director Ariel N. Quilang said there were 74 operations conducted by the police forces in different municipalities of the province which resulted to the arrest of 94 persons involved.

Quilang added that they also confiscated the conveyances used in the transport of the illegal lumbers to include two vans, two elf trucks, five motorcycles and 18 kulung-kulong. There were also 28 chainsaws confiscated.

"Despite the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine and the general community quarantine in which there were several checkpoints installed in the different parts of the province, there were still a lot of illegal logs transported. We already filed charges against the arrested individuals," Quilang said.

Quilang also said there are already some police officials who face raps for not intensifying the anti-illegal logging law within their areas of responsibility.

He also reported that there were already 1,009 chainsaws confiscated and surrendered since he started his campaign against illegal logging upon assumption of his duty as the provincial director of PNP Cagayan.

However, he expressed his dismay that despite the number of chainsaw units in their possession and the intensified environmental protection campaign, illegal logging is still rampant.

Quilang urged public support to further intensify the campaign to end illegal logging in the province. (MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)

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