TAGO, Surigao del Sur, Feb 18 – a total of one hundred fifty (₱150,000.00) thousand worth of illegally cut Yakal lumbers were confiscated at Brgy Himat-e, Tago, Surigao del Sur yesterday, around 11:23 in the evening, February 17 2020.

Elements of the army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion together with the troops from Himat-e Patrol Base conducted anti-illegal logging operation as response to the reports of the concerned locals in the area.

The operation resulted to the confiscation of one (1) yellow Izusu Elf truck bearing a plate number GJA-976 loaded with a good lumber of Yakal 2x6x20 estimated a total of one thousand five hundred (1,500) board feet and a market value of one hundred fifty thousand pesos (150,000.00).

Based on Sec. 3 or Creation of Anti-illegal logging Task Force as mandated under the Executive Order No 23 to take the lead in the anti-illegal logging campaign and to ensure the implementation of the law.

The 36IB have enhanced its campaign against illegal logging in support to the government’s program in the preservation and protection of the environment. Since the start of 2020, troops of the 36IB have conducted two (2) successful anti-illegal logging operation in close coordination and cooperation with the DENR and PNP in the province of Surigao del Sur that resulted to the confiscation of 2,102.66 Board Feet illegally cut logs with an estimated market value worth ₱160,836.00.

“We call on to the community to stop illegal logging as their means of livelihood and help the government in the protection and preservation of our environment. The 36IB will not hesitate to fulfill its commitment to support the DENR and other Law Enforcement agencies in the campaign against illegal logging.” Lt Col Jezreel J Diagmel INF (GSC) PA, Acting Commanding Officer, 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion, 4ID, PA.

Confiscated vehicle and lumbers were turned-over to Tago Municipal Station and CENRO–DENR for proper investigation and possible filing of appropriate criminal charges against the owner.