DENR-1, Police Sign Ecosystem Agreement
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur - The Police Regional Office 1(PRO1) and Department of the Environment and Natural Resources-Region 1 (DENR-RO1) will soon sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on anti-illegal logging to step up the campaign for the conservation and protection of the ecosystem.
This development came after PRO1 Chief Supt. General Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu and DENR-RO1 Executive Director Samuel R. Penafiel agreed to create a Technical Working Group (TWG) to finalize the draft of the MOA during the 3rd Regional Anti-illegal Logging Task Force (RTF) meeting held at the DENR-I in Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union last week.
Under the proposed MOA, PRO1 will provide support and security to the anti-illegal operations that include intelligence build-up, identification of violators of environmental laws and assistance in prosecuting offenders.
Bucayu said the implementing rules and regulations will define the technicalities of the agreement. "We conduct seminars and trainings for our police personnel to educate them on how to respond and handle cases of illegal logging."
Bucayu, the proponent of the TWG, emphasized the importance of the MOA to strengthen the campaign against illegal logging and prosecute violators through joint venture and better coordination.
The MOA will provide guidelines in enforcing laws on illegal logging, enhance knowledge and policies on environmental laws, clarify responsibilities, identify limitations, monitor filed cases, and bind concerned government agencies to include the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-I) for the common purpose. …