Capitol, Pili, Camarines Sur -- Undocumented 40,000 board-feet of coco lumber flitches worth P1.7 million loaded in three 10-wheeler trucks and 540 bags of wooden charcoal also loaded in two trucks were seized in five separate operations by Task Force Sagip Kalikasan (TFSK), the CamSur provincial government reported on Thursday.
Francisco Tria III, chief of the TFSK, said the operations against illegally transported coco lumber and wood charcoal on Tuesday was conducted after confirming intelligence reports that 10-wheeler truck haulers from Northern Samar and Sorsogon were picking up illegally purchased forest products on the national highway towns in CamSur.
According to Tria, this illegal trade of forest products have been going on for some time with coco lumber and wood charcoal products sold to markets in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Antipolo and Bulacan provinces.
Impounded at the TFSK office inside the provincial capitol compound were two 10-wheeler trucks from Northern Samar, one from Sorsogon (all loaded with coco lumber flitches) and two trucks loaded with wood charcoal which were apprehended at a checkpoint in Bgy. Comadog-cadog, Del Gallego, CamSur.
Tria said the undocumented travel and questionable purchase of forest products are a violation of Provincial Ordinance Nos. 24 and 30, series of 1994, while the excessive transport of coco flitches violates the Coconut Preservation Act of 1995.
The seized forest products will be handed over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CamSur for documentation and filing of corresponding charges, Tria added.