DENR 13 Exec wants CCTVs in all wood processing plant

Butuan City- DENR-13 Regional Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer insisted on Monday about the installation of CCTV cameras in the 34 wood processing plants (WPP) that are actively operating in the Caraga Region to monitor their activities.

Director Alicer has emphasized the necessity of installing closed circuits camera in the wake of reports of active timber poaching activities in some areas in Agusan del Sur and the neighbouring provinces of Surigao del Sur and the eastern part of Agusan del Norte in which undocumented transport of illegal forest products find its way to the wood processing plants.

“Let us take this task with utmost concern “, Director Alicer told the concerned personnel during an Executive Meeting with his top officials and division heads of the different offices held at the DENR Regional Learning Center in Barangay Ambago, Butuan City.

           Recently, DENR Secretary Roy S. Cimatu has ordered all DENR Regional Directors in Mindanao to intensify the campaign against illegal logging and illegal mining activities in their respective area of jurisdiction.

The DENR Secretary also ordered the PENRO and CENRO to submit a list of reported alleged illegal logging operations, and those engaged in destructive mining in their respective areas of jurisdictions for immediate action.

"We have mobilized and alerted all the teams of lawin forest patrol to locate activities of timber poaching and small-scale mining operation in their area of operation to catch these unscrupulous people destroying our environment" Director Alicer said.

He said that as a matter of policy therefore, all WPP operators are obliged to install CCTV cameras in strategic location of their establishment to augment the monitoring capability of the DENR.

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