Environment Secretary Ramon Paje has relieved 31 DENR officials in Davao Region and Caraga following the confiscation of P16-million worth of “hot logs” at Manila North Harbor purportedly shipped from Davao.
Paje said these officials have not done enough to implement the nationwide logging ban because his office still received reports of log confiscations in thousands of pieces.
Relieved from their post were Davao Region executive director Jim Sampulna, Caraga executive director Leonardo Sibbaluca, Caraga regional technical director (RTD) for forestry Musa Saruang, Davao Region RTD for forestry Hardinado Patnugo, and Davao Forest Resources Conservation Division OIC chief Claudio Jumao-as.
Also ordered relieved were Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Penro)-Agusan del Norte Rosendo Asunto, Penro-Agusan del Sur Belo Udarbe, Penro-Surigao del Sur Domingo Cabrera Jr., Penro-Davao del Norte Marcia Isip, Penro-Davao Oriental Gregorio Lagura, and Penro-Compostela Valley Julius Valdez.
Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (Cenros) Vicente Sembrano of Butuan City/Nasipit, Elvin Indig of Tubay Cabadbaran, Ruel Efren of Bayugan, Jerome Tadem of Bunawan, Alberto Bacanaya of Loreto, Marlon Gelingo of San Francisco, Eufracio Subayno of Talacogon, Mario Tioaquen of Cantilan, Ferdinand Alba of Bislig, Jose Mario Reyes of Lianga, and Rogelio Montenegro of Tandag were also sacked from their posts.
The Cenros from Davao Region who were also removed from their posts were Napoleon Paje of Davao City (West), Melchor Ozaraga of Davao City (East), Robinson Camacho of Baganga, Basilio Caralos of Lupon, Restituta Dime of Mati, Dioscor Gavarra of Manay, Marvin Parilla of Maco, Victor Billones of Monkayo, and Antonio Inguillo of Nabunturan.