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CENRO recovers lumber from vicinity of Albuera-Burauen road opening

ALBUERA, LEYTE – The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) based here in this town recently recovered in an operation 1,583 board feet or 174 pieces of mixed lawa-an and yakal lumber, with a market value of P 94,980.
CENRO Felino Lodevico said an anonymous tipster called their office informing them that a batch of hot lumber will be transported from the vicinity where the Albuera-Burauen road is being opened.
The CENRO immediately composed a team from their office led by forester Dionisio Magbanua, the PENRO led by forester Butch Militante, and the police.
In a separate interview with Dionisio Magbanua, the forester said they were able to recover the lumber dawn of June 23 but nobody was caught on the act of transporting it.
Accordingly, while staking out the area during the alleged time it would be transported, they saw a truck making the turn to the Albuera-Burauen road. He is convinced that it would have been the truck used for transporting the lumber but apparently, the driver was tipped off of their presence and returned immediately without any load. Magbanua did not mention whose truck it was or if it had markings.
They then checked the area where the truck came from and true enough, saw the pile of lumber ready for hauling. Instead, they were the ones who hauled it and the lumber are now impounded at their office compound.
It was also learned that the CENRO is now clamping down even on wooden charcoal. Some 50 sacks of wood charcoal are currently impounded in their office, with an estimated market value of P 7,500.
Lodevico said they are intensifying their efforts to protect the environment, adding that their office was cited by environment secretary Ramon J. Paje for “good performance” during the 25th anniversary of DENR held at Malacañang. By Paul Libres and Emma Lago

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