MOTORIZED BOAT. The Department of the Environment and Natural Resources donates a motorboat to the Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion to bolster patrol and surveillance efforts in the coastal and forest areas of Aurora. (DENR)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the City of San Fernando recently donated a motorboat to the 91st Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Philippine Army in a bid to bolster efforts patrol and surveillance in the coastal and forest areas of Aurora. .
Paquito Moreno, Jr., executive director of DENR in central Luzon, said the P500,000-worth vessel would complement increased efforts to protect the environment in the region, especially in forested areas. Aurora, which has been considered one of the sensitive areas for illegal logging.
“The transfer of this vessel to our colleagues in the army would increase our preparatory work to fulfill the marching order of the Secretary of the Environment Roy Cimatu to prevent the cutting of trees in our forests, our protected areas and our basins. slopes, ”said Moreno, adding that the move would also prevent unscrupulous groups from illegally transporting forest products by floating them along river systems and other waterways.
He pointed out that with close collaboration with the military, the Philippine National Police and other environmental authorities, the number of forest products apprehended in region 3 has dropped significantly, from more than 218,000 bj. ft in 2020 at only 79,300 bd. ft in 2021.
“This figure is a strong manifestation that even with limited rangers patrolling and monitoring our forest areas, our sustained efforts and strong alliance with partner agencies will facilitate extensive protection and defense of our environment and natural resources from all activity. destructive, ”concluded Moreno.
For his part, the 91st IB Commandant Ltc. Reandrew Rubio expressed his gratitude for this gesture of support they received from DENR, noting that it would not only strengthen their efforts to protect the environment, but also aid their rescue and disaster relief operations.
The handover ceremony took place in the presence of Cimatu during his visit to the DENR provincial office in Aurora.
Central Luzon has a total forest area equivalent to 942,387 hectares. Of the seven provinces in the region, Aurora is the second with the largest forest area of 191,946 hectares.