Task Force to Tighten Noose on Environmental Violators

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Task Force to Tighten Noose on Environmental Violators


The government plans to bolster the monitoring of environmental hot spots and flash points nationwide.

As provided for in a law enforcement agreement various agencies signed Monday, the National Anti-Environmental Crimes Task Force will establish either check points, camps or stations in flash points and transit points of illegally harvested or hunted natural resources.

Such facilities' establishment will enable the task force to better monitor, block, and curb movement of the contraband resources.

The agreement created such task force composed of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as its chair, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Transportation and PhilippineCoast Guard.

"With those agencies as DENR's partners, we can better institute the rule of law," said DENR Secretary Regina Lopez at the agreement's signing ceremony.

She cited need to enforce the country's environmental laws, regulations and standards, noting all Filipinos instead of only a few must benefit from natural resources.

Lopez, DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, and PCG Commandant William Melad signed the agreement which took effect immediately.

Signing on behalf of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya and DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana were BGen. Restituto Padilla Jr. and DND Undersecretary Eduardo del Rosario, respectively.

Under the agreement, agencies concerned must provide "fast and efficient response to verified reports of large-scale environmental violations that the DENR action team refers. …

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