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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