PENRO MARINDUQUE IN ACTION DESPITE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
On April 6, 2020 at around 11:00 AM, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Marinduque, upon instruction of OIC-PENRO Imelda M. Diaz, the Chief of Enforcement Section Florencio F. Pastoral together with Forester II Danilo L. Martinez, Forest Technician I Michael Vencint M. Sualog and Forest Ranger Randy N. Estrella scoured the salvage zone area of a mangrove forest adjacent to a residential area at Barangay Buyabod, Santa Cruz, Marinduque following the report from an unknown concerned citizen that there are charcoal making in the mangrove areas in Santa Cruz. They discovered thirteen (13) empty charcoal holes thereat and one (1) hole filled with a manufactured charcoals having an actual volume of one (1) big sack and a total of 32 abandoned bakawan and api-api species posts in various lengths, hence, the same were apprehended and temporarily place under the custody of LGU Barangay Buyabod.
They have identified more or less nine (9) household adjacent to the said mangrove area and warned that they were presumed suspects for charcoal making thereat. Most of them responded positive while others reacted violently by denying unaware of charcoal making therein or not involved to such illegal acts. After which, the team prepared a short notice and posted in the area about the said apprehension and ask anonymous owners to proceed at the PENR Office - Marinduque if ever they will claim as owner the said forest products.
Prior with said apprehension activity, the team have gone to Marinduque Wildlife Rescue Center in Barangay Bonliw, Torrijos, to bring food for the monkeys under DENR custody and proceeded to Barangays Biga and Matalaba, Santa Cruz, relative with reported alleged illegal activity.
The apprehension of abandoned illegally-cut mangrove species are subject to Administrative Adjudication Proceedings of DENR Administrative Order No. 15, Series of 1990 and Presidential Decree 705.
With this incident, the DENR continually recognized the important role of the private citizens in the success of our implementation of environment and natural resources (ENR) laws. Once again, this Office call for pro-active participation and vigilance of our community and concerned LGUs and our partners in the implementation of ENR Laws. ###