MANILA, Philippines – Thirty-one officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have been relieved of their duties over the unabated illegal logging activities in their respective regions.
“It's been a year and four months since President Aquino ordered a logging ban, yet we continue to receive reports of log confiscations in thousand pieces,” Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje said in a statement.
The relieved officials were identified by Paje as:
Region 13 Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca; Region 11 Executive Director Jim Sampulna; Region 13 Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Forestry Musa Saruang; Region 11 RTD for Forestry Hardinado Patnugot; Region 11 Forest Resources Conservation Division OIC chief Claudio V. Jumao-as
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) - Agusan del Norte Rosendo Asunto; PENRO-Agusan del Sur Belo Udarbe; PENRO-Surigao del Sur Domingo Cabrera, Jr.; PENRO-Davao del Norte Marcia Isip; PENRO Davao Oriental Gregorio Lagura; PENRO-Compostela Valley Julius Valdez
Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO)-Butuan City/Nasipit Vicente Sembrano; CENRO-Tubay/Cabadbaran Elvin Indig; CENRO-Bayugan Ruel Efren; CENRO-Bunawan Jerome Tadem; CENRO-Loreto Alberto Bacanaya; CENRO-San Francisco Marlon Gelingo; CENRO-Talacogon Eufracio Subayno; CENRO-Cantilan Mario Tioaquen; CENRO-Bislig Ferdinand Alba; CENRO-Lianga Jose Mario Reyes; CENRO-Tandag Rogelio Montenegro
CENRO-Davao City (West) Napoleon Paje; Davao City (East) Melchor Ozaraga, CENRO-Baganga Robinson Camacho; CENRO-Lupon Basilio Caralos; CENRO-Mati Restituta Dime; CENRO-Manay Dioscor Gavarra; CENRO-Maco Marvin Parilla; CENRO-Monkayo Victor Billones; and CENRO-Nabunturan Antonio Inguillo.
Paje said the relief of the officials is part of the DENR’s effort to pursue good governance.
According to data from the DENR, 32 employees have been dismissed and/or suspended, 34 have been charged of various offenses, while 176 others have been under investigation as of May 2012.