DENR seeks to penalize Ipilan Nickel Corporation for illegal cutting


sec cimatu copyBrooke’s Point, May 19, 2017. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources ordered the Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC) to immediately show cause why they should not be criminally charged for violation of Section 77 of Presidential Decree No. 705 (Forestry Code of the Philippines) after reports of brushing, clearing and cutting of trees using axes and unregistered chainsaws have been confirmed despite cancellation of its Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) on December 14, 2016. All related mining activities including tree cutting are prohibited upon cancellation of the ECC.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Palawan immediately ordered the INC to stop its illegal activities, which started in April 2017. However, the INC continued to defy said orders and even refused the DENR personnel to enter its premises that is a clear violation of the agency’s visitorial powers as mandated by PD 705.

Officials of the DENR led by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, Undersecretary Marlo D. Mendoza, MIMAROPA Regional Director Natividad Y. Bernardino and PENRO Felizardo B. Cayatoc joined the Mining and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), and Brooke’s Point LGU to inspect and assess the extent of the damage at the Ipilan mining site.

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Wounded DENR employee gets honors, promotion

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu today personally handed Joselito Eyala a Certificate of Commendation at Room 640 in Philippine General Hospital where the latter is confined and awaiting surgery to remove bullets lodged in his palate and back.

Secretary Cimatu lauds Eyala, a forester at DENR Palawan, for his “remarkable dedication to public service, bravery, and leadership” when he and his team apprehended timber poachers and confiscated an unregistered chainsaw in Sitio Casicaan, Barangay Bacungan, Puerto Princesa on August 23, 2017 at around 5:00 pm.

The owner of the chainsaw, Florante Saycon, retaliated by firing a homemade gun that hit Eyala at the back. Eyala sustained two gunshot wounds that rendered him unconscious.

When he regained consciousness, Eyala crawled into the Casicaan River and allowed the current to carry him for five hours. He then walked and crawled in the middle of the night until he was able to get help at around 1:00 am the following day.



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