Illegal sawmill raided PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 August 2012 14:12

Government men raided a small sawmill operating illegally in Sitio Pangulayan, Tolosa the other day and confiscated a bandsaw and power chainsaws.

A police report disclosed that a resident of Sitio Pangulayan had reported to SPO4 Ruben Najirul, City Police Office’s environmental desk officer,  that a group of persons were operating a band saw in the area without any proper documents.

Acting on the report, Najirul with members of the Forestry Specialist and personnel of the City Environment Natural Resources swooped down on the said place and found a sawmill with using a bandsaw.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. James Mejia was told that the sawmill  was manufacturing fish boxes.

During ocular investigation, the team found out that the operator of the band saw has no permit which is a violation of  Presidential Decree 705.

Authorities identified the owners of the sawmill as Jomer Apolinario and Joel Galos. They were invited to the CENRO office for questioning.

The team also recovered three power chainsaws without serial number, two disassembled chainsaws, one bench grinder, electric motor, two big size and one small band saw blades, one carborandum, two guide bars, assorted spare parts and tools and three empty gallons.

The seized items were turned over to the CENRO for proper safekeeping while the case is still under investigation.– Dan Toribio Jr.