[Actual Photo: A personnel of the Anti-Crime Task Force (ACTF) checks the suspected illegally-cut lumber which were hidden under piles of bamboo poles in Barangay Irawan early morning on June 4, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Richard Ligad/ACTF)]

The Anti Crime Task Force (ACTF) of the Puerto Princesa City government is intensifying its campaign against forest products without proper documentation as part of its support of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Richard Ligad, ACTF chief and city information officer, said the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) sent a letter of appreciation to his office expressing gratitude over the agency’s campaign to “curb illegal forest activities.”

“Natutuwa tayo at mas paiigtingin pa natin ang pakikipagtulungan sa kanila dahil alam naman natin na sila ay kulang sa manpower. Marami na kaming na-apprehend kaya nga natuwa si CENRO,” Ligad said.

In his letter to Ligad dated July 22, CENRO chief Felizardo Cayatoc said the ACTF’s support in the arrest of suspects in the “illegal transporting and possession of undocumented forest products from different origin bound to Puerto Princesa City” is appreciated by their office.

Ligad said this year the ACTF had accomplished three arrests.

“Madagdan lang tayo ng manpower masaya na tayo, matapik lang tayo sa balikat kagaya ng mga ganiyan ay masaya na tayo,” he said.

On June 4, 2019, the ACTF intercepted a truck in Barangay Irawan carrying around 192-292 board feet of illegally-cut Ipil lumber hidden in piles of bamboo poles.