THIRTY men and women from the Regional Mobile Group of the Philippine National Police and Pagudpud town’s municipal environment and natural resources and local government unit received commendations from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on July 5 for their active role that led to the confiscation of illegally cut logs in a watershed area in Barangay Pancian in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.
Ilocos Norte CSC Director Nieves Duldulao made this announcement following the recommendation of Pagudpud Mayor Marlon Sales to recognize the exemplary performance of his employees and officers of the RMG’s first company who were involved in the surveillance operation and confiscation of illegally cut logs that measured 2 to 3 feet in length with 16.2 cubic meters, or 6,868 board feet of red lauan, white lauan, palosapis, and tanguile, which had an estimated value of more than P68,000, at the watershed of Caguran River and Kamandag Creek in Pagudpud.
The commendation given by the CSC is the Gantimpala Agad Award (GAA), an award program which is a quick grant of incentives and rewards to government employees who performed well as adjudged by the transacting public.
“We congratulate the LGU of Pagudpud and the RMG first company and the police officers of Pagudpud dahil sila ay naghirap ng dalawang lingo para maibaba ang mga (because they worked hard for two weeks just so they could get the) confiscated logs,” Duldulao said.
She also pointed out that this should serve as model for government employees to the same and let the community be aware of their respective roles in safeguarding the environment and not to allow the entry of illegal loggers.
The awardees were led by P/Sr. Insp. Joel B. Jucutan, commanding officer of the RMG. P/Insp. Amador B. Quiocho, Pagudpud chief of police, and Jose B. Morata of the MENRO-Pagudpud. They received certificates of recognition, GAA pins and a Philippine flag pin.
Earlier, local residents near the said watershed area complained about the scarcity of water. They later found out that illegal loggers were responsible for the shortage of water supply due to massive cutting of trees.
Leilanie G. Adriano