Cagayan de Oro City- For illegally transporting undocumented forest products and for failing to present pertinent papers issued by the government,  Judge Evelyn J. Gamotin-Nery, Acting Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 11 in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon convicted a certain Pepe Tacastacas for violating Section 68, P.D. 705 as amended by Executive Order No. 277, Series of 1997.

Tacastacas was sentenced to the penalty of imprisonment of 21 years, 2 months and 10 days to 26 years, 4 months and 20 days, for having unlawfully transported a total of 805.96 board feet of lumber flitches on April 19, 2013 at Barangay Kiabo, Malitbog, Bukidnon without the required authority of permit with the use of his Fuso canter truck bearing plate No. TMR-621.

The court also acquitted co-accused John Benjamin Sepulveda, the nephew of Tacastacas’ wife and truck helper who turned state witness and testified the transportation and hauling of the undocumented forest products..

During the preliminary hearing, P/Insp. Joseph Molo of PNP-Malitbog along with PSI Russel Chaves, PO2 Richard Omongos and PO1 Renard Dilag alledged that after they received a tip from a reliable source. The team proceeded to the place and intercepted a conveyance driven by Tacastacas accompanied by Sepulveda and loaded with undocumented forest products towards the direction of Sta. Cruz, Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Officer Ferdinand Dagulo, then OIC of CENRO-Manolo Fortich accompanied by Forester Mark Espital and Noel Jabagat conducted inspection on the conveyance and accounting of apprehended forest products.

Prosecution witnesses P/Insp Molo, Noel Jabagat of CENRO-Manolo Fortich testified to the court that the suspect during the apprehension has no permit while transporting the said forest products.

After weighing all the circumstances and explanations of the witnessess, the court then convicted and orders a Warrant of Arrest for Pepe Tacastacas and confiscation of the 805.96 bd. ft. of lumber flitches with the total amount of P644,768.00 and will be turned over to the government. RSCIS No. 07-255-2017



To spearhead the campaign in educating the youth on the importance of wildlife, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) through its Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) conducted a symposium on March 2, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The symposium was attended by selected students of Macabalan National High School. The activity is in observance of the World Wildlife Day which is celebrated globally every March 3, the day when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted in 1973. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Big cats: predators under threat.”

This year’s celebration focused on big cats – Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Jaguars as well as their smaller cousins such as Cheetahs, Snow Leopards and Pumas, who are facing many different threats, most of which are caused by human activities. According to SeeTheWild Organization, roughly 80 percent of the 40 wild cat species are shrinking and sixteen of them are considered vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.

In his lecture, Ranoray Love A. Noro, Chief of PAMBCS reiterates that wildlife is important for their roles in preserving the balance of nature in the ecosystem where they belong. He also presented the threats to wildlife which includes illegal trade and habitat destruction.

The students also learned about Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001, an act providing for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources and their habitats. They also had a chance to visit the Regional Rescue Center inside the DENR 10 compound where they encountered real wild animals like the Philippine Hawk Eagle, the Python and the Cobra.

Noro gave emphasis on teaching the youth the importance of conserving and preserving biodiversity, including wildlife, because the youth will be next in line in the stewardship of our mother Earth. Ana Mae Sumalinog (RPAO MR No. 03-57-2018)

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WORLD WILDLIFE DAY. Ranoray Love Noro (standing), Chief, Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 discusses characteristics of different big cats to the students of Macabalan National High School. (more...)

WORLD WILDLIFE DAY. A student receives her prize as she correctly answered one of the questions in the Q&A portion of the symposium conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10. (more...)

WORLD WILDLIFE DAY. Students of Macabalan National High School get a chance to visit and encounter the wild animals housed in the Regional Rescue Center of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10. (more...)

WOMEN'S MONTH CELEBRATION. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) celebrates International Women’s Day with a bloodletting activity on March 8, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

PUBLIC LAND TITLING TRAINING. Forester Roel Dahonog (right, standing), OIC-Chief License Patents and Deeds Division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 10 (DENR 10) discusses the Modes of Land Disposition, Qualification and Requirements of Land Application Forms on Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal. (more...)

PUBLIC LAND TITLING TRAINING. Engr. Agnes A. Dejoras, OIC-Chief Surveys and Mapping Division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 10 (DENR 10) explains the Land Surveys and presents the programs and projects initiated by the department on March 8. (more...)

ORIENTATION ON THE PROCESSING OF WATER PERMIT APPLICATION. Personnel from the Provincial/Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices in Region 10 attend the Orientation on the Processing of Water Permit Application on March 13, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

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