Task Force Ilahas has been divided into two teams for deployment to the north and south sectors of Negros Occidental, to further strengthen its forest protection campaign, TFI action officer, Supt. Armando Tubongbanua, said yesterday.
Tubongbanua, who has served as commander of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office Public Safety Management Company, said they will watch the highways in the north and south of the province, for the transport of forest products.
“As much as possible, we would like to have a 24-hour watch to intercept forest products, which came down from the mountains,” he said.
The volume of timber and lumber confiscated by TFI last year, has almost doubled from 17,336 board feet in 2010 to 33,379.72 board feet in 2011, with cutting of banned species of trees, taking in the hinterlands of EB Magalona, Murcia and Hinobaan.
TFI also seized 2,983 sacks of charcoal.
Tubongbanua said the suspects arrested for cutting endemic trees are usually settlers in the protected areas, who rely on charcoal-making for their livelihood.
He, however, said the cutting of banned species of trees at the Northern Negros Natural Park, especially in the hinterlands of EB Magalona and Murcia, has been minimized.*GPB
security for tourists
BORACAY - Police Regional Office-6 acting Operation and Plans Division chief, Supt. Ranulfo Demiar, said Saturday they have intensified security measures here as both local and international tourists start to arrive.
Demiar told the DAILY STAR that among the measures they have implemented include the “one entrance scheme”, where all tourists should use only the Caticlan jetty port
Under this scheme, he added, it will be easy for them to identify the people entering Boracay Island.
Demiar added that they are assigning 50 members of the Regional Public Safety Management Battalion here to boost police visibility.
Policemen here regularly conduct police visibility patrol operations especially in different night spots. PRO-6 is also closely coordinating with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to curb entrance of illegal drugs here, he said.
Demiar in advising the tourists here to be security conscious and not leave their things unattended, and also avoid bringing valuables that may lure thieves.
Records showed that about 940,000 local and international tourists arrived in Boracay last year exceeding the local government’s target of 900,000 tourists.
Of that number, 45 percent are international tourists while the rest are local visitors.
The local government raised its target tourist arrival from 900,000 last year to 1 million this year.*APN