By BEN SERRANO
BUTUAN City–The head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga has relieved from their posts seven personnel of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) in Agusan del Norte over the disappearance of logs seized from a checkpoint in this city.
Nonito Tamayo, DENR director for Caraga, ordered relieved from their posts foresters Pepito Acebu, Rey Cabilian, Edesio Frias, and forest rangers Arnulfo Domingo, Manilito Ayon, Sharon Dador and Romeo Joseph Dumanon.
Acebu served as team leader of the DENR in Bit-os, this city. All of the relieved personnel are members of the DENR-Caraga Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.
Tamayo also ordered community and environment officer Norman Asugan to explain why administrative charges should not be filed against the relieved DENR personnel.
He said the 41 logs of various species disappeared at the DENR-Bit-os checkpoint in Sept. 4, and there was no acceptable explanation.
Tamayo said keeping the seized logs were the responsibility of the Cenro personnel. “We have to instill discipline, command responsibility on workers in the government,” he said.
He said he hoped this case would serve as a lesson so that it would never happen again.