DENR-2 orders vigilant forest protection during Lent

TUGUEGARAO CITY — Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 regional director Atty. Gil A. Aromin has stressed the need to be vigilant on illegal forest activities this Holy Week.

Aromin gave instructions to all Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) officers to establish mobile checkpoints in strategic locations within their respective territorial jurisdictions.

The mobile checkpoints should be manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on rotation basis, as “perpetrators of illegal forest activities would take advantage to engage in timber poaching and transport of forest and wildlife products.”

“Further, mobilize and keep on alert all forest officers, forest rangers, forest protection officers… to be more vigilant not only in monitoring illegal transport of forest and wildlife products but also detection and quick response on any incident of forest fires in your respective areas,” Aromin added.

To ensure security of the personnel who will man the checkpoints, the regional DENR executive had mandated the PENR and CENR officers to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies for assistance.

The field officials were also instructed to submit to his Office exact location of mobile checkpoints to be established for monitoring purposes.

“You are also reminded of the ‘One Strike One Out’ policy of the Secretary,” Aromin said.

The “One Strike One Out” policy was issued by Sec. Regina L. Lopez last month.