ICF discovers around 100 hectares of land area in Sta. Lucia sub-colony used for charcoal making, illegal logging, and upland farming (Photos courtesy of Levi Evangelista)

The Iwahig Corrections Facility (ICF) has discovered that around 100 hectares of land in Sta. Lucia Subcolony along Km. 31 has been illegally logged for charcoal or cleared for upland or kaingin farming.

ICF information officer and corrections technical officer II Levi Evangelista said Monday they discovered thousands of illegally cut logs of various sizes in the area.

The local Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is currently assessing the full extent of the damage. Unfortunately, he said they did not find any person in the area.

“On the part ng IPPF, mandated kami sa aming twin objective: safekeeping and rehabilitation of inmates pero hindi din kami nagpapabaya sa pag proteksyon ng aming nasasakupan, ng BuCor lalo na sa mga informal settlers at mga naglalapastangan sa kagubatan,” Evangelista said.

Evangelista said they are now retrieving the confiscated logs in the area.

He added that they are now planning on how to rehabilitate the area after the damage it suffered.

“May nakita tayo na hinihinalang gamit pamutol katulad palakol, gulok, at krudo na maaaring gamit nila sa pag-uuling,” he said.

Evangelista said they are now investigating the matter to be able to file charges.