AKB seeks probe on extraction of centuries-old logs in Albay

February 28, 2011 12:07 pm 

By Mar S. Arguelles

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 28 — AKO Bicol Party list (AKB) recently filed a resolution calling for an investigation on the extraction of centuries-old logs in the Sula Channel in barangay Sula in Bacacay town, Albay province.

The House Resolution 992, directing the Committee on Ecology to conduct an investigation into the extraction of petrified logs in Sula Channel, Sitio Pecadero, Barangay Sula, Albay, for the protection of cultural treasures due to its historical, environmental and tourism values.

Atty. Rodel Batocabe, AKB's representatives, said that the purpose of the resolution is to find out whether the extraction and selling of a cultural treasure is legal.

He has also sought the help of the National Historical Institute to identify those who are accountable.

Last November 23, 2010, a forest ranger of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) impounded a 22-wheeler truck carrying ancient logs that were extracted from the Sula Channel.

The driver, Ramon Valera, did not have a permit to transport the said logs.

Both the truck and logs are still impounded in Barangay San Roque, Bacacay, Albay after an administrative confiscation proceeding has been filed before the office of Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).

According to Sula Barangay captain Benjamin Belbes, there were already reports that some 100,000 board feet of petrified wood which were remnants in the construction of the Spanish galleon were already looted and hauled by an international ship for export. (PNA)

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