P4-M hot logs seized in flood-prone region
MANILA, Philippines – In a flood-prone town known for illegal logging, the Philippine Army seized 70 pieces of illegally cut Lawaan logs on Tuesday, August 6.
Tuesday’s raid in flood-prone Cateel, Davao Oriental, was the latest in the anti-illegal logging activities in Region XI, or Davao Region, which was devastated by some of the worst floods last year.
Based on data from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which the Army provided Wednesday, August 7, authorities have confiscated at least P4 million worth of illegally cut forest products in the region from January to July.
The DENR, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police jointly conducted these raids.
(See table below)
|Summary of Forest Products Apprehended/Seized
(January to July 2013)
(in Cu. M.)
|Davao Oriental||29||2,603||559||P 2,818,076.00|
|Davao del Norte||19||2,214||220.22||687,446.57|
|Davao del Sur||7||2,566||108.38||152,129.48|
|REGIONAL TOTAL||60||8,785||1,004.48||P 4,063,877.05|
|Source: DENR Region XI|
Flooding is linked to illegal logging.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has classified a big number of barangays in Davao Region as flood-prone.
The MGB classified most barangays in Cateel alone, for instance, as prone to flooding. The bureau said 12 out of 16 mapped barangays “have high flooding occurrences.”
In Cateel, at least 147 people died due to Typhooon Pablo in December 2012. (Watch more in the video below.)