TUGUEGARAO CITY — The Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) have commended the members of the Cagayan Valley Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.

In their joint resolution, RDC and RPOC said “given the active involvement and campaign of the task force’s members against illegal logging activities, Region 2 was declared as Zero Hotspot in Illegal Logging during the second semester of CY 2015.”

“…the selfless dedication and performance exemplified by the members of the task force…are acts worthy of emulation, praises and commendation,” Resolution No. 02-71-2015 further stated.

The Regional Task Force, composed of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), was created “to fully enforce the moratorium and lead the anti-illegal logging campaign in Cagayan Valley.”

In January last year, DENR reported a significant reduction of illegal logging hotspots in the country from 197 prior to the issuance of Executive Order No. 23 to 31 in 2015 and remained optimistic that its target for a “zero illegal logging hotspot” will be achieved by 2016 through continued imposition of the total log ban in virgin and residual forests.

DENR-02 Regional Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan has continuously appealed for support to curb timber poaching in the three hotspots in Region 2.

The environment chief has also instructed his field officials to prevent the emergence of new hotspots by being vigilant on illegal logging activities 24/7.

The commendation for the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force was issued during the joint session of the two Councils in Cauayan City, Isabela. PNA /