P120K worth of lumber intercepted Print
Sunday, 29 July 2018 15:19

By Ely Dumaboc

Around 5,000 board feet of mahogany round logs estimated to cost P120,000 were intercepted by authorities in Sominot, Zamboanga del Sur last Thursday.

Chief Insp. Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-9 Information Officer, said that the logs were on board a cargo drop side truck driven by a certain Jesseco Bajao Tejamo, 38 years old and a resident of Aurora Municipality, Zamboanga del Sur.

Tejamo’s truck was passing by Barangay Poblacion when it was flagged down by Sominot Municipal Police personnel.

Upon verification, the driver only presented a certification from Barangay Tungawan supporting the logs’ transport.

Galvez said that the driver failed to present the requisite documents such as permits to cut, transport, a Certificate of Verification, Certificate of Transport Agreement and scale and tally sheets stipulating the dimensions of the cut timber.

The driver also failed to present his truck’s certificate of registration and official receipt.

Police coordinated with the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Alvin Pitogo who explained that the driver should also secure a certification from the Barangay and a Mayor’s Permit as to the origin of the timber and its transportation.

The cargo was placed under the custody of the Sominot Municipal Police Station.  (Ely Dumaboc)