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Ecija illegal logging task force foils “water-logging”

GENERAL TINIO, Nueva Ecija — A joint government anti-illegal logging task force intercepted several pieces of illegally-sawn lumber that were found abandoned along the Sumacbao river banks here on Wednesday.

Major Ronnie G. Caagbay, town police head, said the abandoned illegal wood shipment was discovered in Bgy. Pias at 11:30 a.m. It had an estimated total volume of 430 board feet valued at P17,200, he said.

The illegally-cut logs were believed being floated from the mountains through so-called “water-logging” by small-time timber poachers through the Sumacbao river, it was learned.

Provincial police office chief Col. Jaime O. Santos said the illegal logging activity was foiled by joint personnel of the local police and the CENRO-Cabanatuan office under Jimmy Aberin.

This intensified effort among different agencies including the Philippine National Police shall thrive to sustain a cooperative outcome in combating illegal logging activities as a solution to deforestation and rainforest conservation,” said Santos.