P.5M flitches intercepted

Phil. Coast Guard inspect the narra and kamagong flitches
Police Master Sergeant Jose Gene Manejero (center) and PSSG Emmanuel Arce of 403rd PNP Maritime Station under Major Manuel Magat, and SNI Reynan Acosta of Phil. Coast Guard inspect the narra and kamagong flitches. (Photo by Gemi Formaran)

MAUBAN, Quezon --- Combined personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Maritime police and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) intercepted almost P500.000 worth of transhipped premium species of flitches at Sitio Quezon, Bgy. Sadsaran in this coastal town.

Forester Ramil Limpiada who heads the DENR- Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)- Tayabas said the 48 flitches of narra and kamagong have a total volume of 1,995.42 board feet.

Limpiada said the illegal forest products were sourced from Cagayan and Isabela provinces and were transhipped here via motorboats by lumber traders.

Upon receiving information that a shipment of flitches will be arriving, Limpiada said his personnel immediaty coordinated with 403rd PNP Maritime Station under Major Manuel Magat and Phil. Coast Guard and they formed a joint team to have the contraband intercepted.

At around 10 p.m., the flitches were found abandoned by their shippers along the shore.

"They (shippers) were forced to escape for fear of being arrested by the pursuing authorities, leaving the contraband", said Magat.

The flitches were hauled and deposited at Interwood compound in Bgy. Cagsiay 2 for safekeeping.

For several decades, this coastal town has been used as transhipment point of 'hot' logs and flitches coming from Region 1, by illegal lumber traders.