ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 27 - The governments Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force has confiscated some P1.2 million worth of illegally cut trees of hard wood species in this southern port city, an environment official disclosed Friday.
At the same time, three persons were arrested when the task force confiscated the illegally cut forest products, the official said.
Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)-West chief Ben Acana said that the illegally cut trees with an estimated volume of 42,000 board feet were seized in a raid Tuesday in Barangay Canelar, 1.2 kilometers north of this city.
Acana said the confiscated illegally cut forest products are owned by the Ever World Trading Corporation, which is into the business of planted trees.
Acana said the confiscation came after the conduct of a week-long surveillance following receipt of intelligence report by the task force last July 16.
It is a concerted effort of all members of the task force, Acana said, citing they applied for a search warrant last Monday and conducted raided the next day.
Arrested were Laura Cabrejas, Fe Faustino, and Christine San Juan, all workers of the Ever World Trading Corporation, Acana said.
A case had been filed against them and they posted P40,000 bail each for their temporary liberty, according to Acana.
He said a case will also be filed against Elsie Saavedra, the owner of the Ever World Trading Corporation.
The trees, which composed of Narra and Lauaan species, were believed to have been cut from the site of reforestation projects of the Department of Environment of Natural Resources (DENR) on the east part of this city, he said.
The Anti-illegal Logging Task Force was created in line with the Executive Order 23 issued last February 1 by President Benigno Aquino III. (PNA) LAP/Teofilo P. Garcia/rsm