MAHIGIT 2.7 MILLION NA HALAGA NG AGARWOOD LULAN NG ISANG NISSAN ALMERA, NASABAT SA ISINAGAWANG PNP CHECKPOINT SA GUBAT, SORSOGON
Arestado ang isang lalaki sa isinagawang PNP checkpoint nitong nakaraang Marso 15, 2022 dakong alas-singko y media ng hapon dahil sa paglabag ng Sec 78 of PD 705 o ang Revised Forestry Code as amended by PD NO. 1559, Executive Order No. 277 at ng Republic Act No. 7161.
Ang nasabing operasyon ay pinangunahan ng Provincial Intelligence Unit ng SOR PPO katuwang ang Gubat MPS.
Una nang nakatanggap ng report ang Provincial Intelligence Unit ng SOR PPO tungkol sa isang kulay itim na NISSAN ALMERA na may kargang AGARWOOD O “Lapnisan” na bumabyahe diumano galing sa Brgy. Paco, Gubat, Sorsogon. Dahil sa report na ito, kaagad nagsagawa ng Intel-driven operation ang Provincial Intelligence Unit katuwang ang kapulisan ng Gubat MPS. Sa utos ng Provincial Director na si PCOL ARTURO P BRUAL JR ay inalerto ang mga nakatalaga sa lahat ng checkpoint areas kung saan ito ay na-flagged down sa Barangay Buenavista, Gubat, Sorsogon at positibong kargado ng limang (5) sako na naglalaman ng AGARWOOD chunks na tinatayang humigit kumulang sa 136 kilos na may market value na Php 2,730,000.00 million pesos.
Ang AGARWOOD (Lapnisan) na tinaguriang “wood of the Gods” ay isa sa mga pinakamahal na uri ng punongkahoy sa buong mundo at kabilang sa listahan ng DENR’s Endangered/threatened Philippine plants kung kaya mahigpit na pinagbabawal ang pagbebenta nito.
Sa kasalukuyan, ang nasabing suspetsado ay nasampahan na ng kaukulang kaso kung saan walang pyansang nakatalaga para sa kanyang pansamantalang paglaya. Kapag napatunayang nagkasala ay haharapin niya ang pagkakabilanggo mula anim hanggang labindalawang taon at multang Php100,000.00 hanggang Php1,000,000.00.
Ang nakumpiskang Agarwood ay nasa kustodiya na ng DENR para sa kaukulang disposisyon. Ang pangangalaga sa likas na yaman ng ating bansa ay tungkulin ng bawat Pilipino. Ang PNP ay nakahanda lagi sa pagprotekta at agaran ang aksyong gagawin kapag may mga paglabag sa ating Inang Kalikasan.Panatilihin ang pagiging mapagmatyag at isuplong agad sa mga otoridad kapag may mga ganitong insidente sa SOR PPO hotline # 0998 598 6057 o sa pinakamalapit na himpilan ng pulisya.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that while propagation of agarwood-producing species like Aquilaria malaccensis is allowed, it is however highly regulated and collecting its seeds directly in the wild is prohibited.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu issued the statement following the granting of Wildlife Culture Permit through the regional offices to certain companies for the propagation of agarwood using Aquilaria malaccensis.
“The DENR is always in the middle of balancing things, from protecting and conserving threatened flora and fauna, making sure that the resources can still be used for our economic development, especially during this crisis, but utilization in a sustainable manner,” Cimatu said.
He added: “Before engaging in this highly regulated lucrative endeavor, interested individuals and private firms are advised to secure all the necessary permits from the DENR. We must ensure that the source of planting materials is legal and that the propagation of this species is in accordance with the existing rules and regulations.”
Agarwood can be derived from the Aquilaria species, which are widely distributed in the Indomalesia region.
Nine of the 21 known Aquilaria species are found in the Philippines, based on an international study titled, “The Origin and Domestication of Aquilaria, an Important Agarwood-Producing Genus.”
Six species are endemic or found only in the Philippines, while the remaining three are native or indigenous.
Among the native or indigenous species is the Aquilaria malaccensis, which can also be found in other countries, such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand.
The Aquilaria malaccensis, locally known as “lapnisan,” is a major source of agarwood — a resinous heartwood used for perfume and incense.
Meanwhile, DENR-BMB Director Datu Tungko Saikol said that gathering of seeds and seedlings, agarwood, and other derivatives of Aquilaria malaccensis in the wild for commercial or trade purposes is “not allowed yet pending the population assessment study of the species in the Philippines.”
“Those who are interested to propagate this species of agarwood may apply for a Wildlife Culture Permit from the concerned DENR Regional Office where the farm or plantation site is located. The seedlings should be sourced legally as well,” Saikol said.
“While we allow the importation of the Aquilaria malaccensis seeds through the issuance of CITES or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Import Permit by BMB, applying for a CITES Import Permit for seeds of exotic Aquilaria species such as Aquilaria crassna for use in the establishment of plantation in the country is a more tedious process as it requires prior clearance from the DENR Secretary upon recommendation from the Wildlife Management Committee,” the DENR-BMB chief said.
Moreover, a Local Transport Permit is necessary “for the transportation of legally acquired seeds, seedlings, agarwood, and other agarwood by-products and derivatives.”
Saikol expressed hope that the issuance of Wildlife Culture Permit will “contribute in the protection and conservation of Aquilaria malaccensis in the wild and will at the same time provide economic benefits for Filipinos, and eventually, economic development for our country.”
Published: 23 November 2021
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