Saturday, June 25, 2016

Police to revive environmental desk in Bicol
by Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, June 24 (PNA) -- The Police Regional Office (PRO 5) here will revive its Police Environmental Desk Office (PEDO) in police stations in cities and towns in Bicol which will act on the complaints and problems regarding environmental destruction like illegal mining, illegal logging and illegal fishing.

Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez, PRO5 regional director, said he has been receiving reports of the continuous illegal mining operation, illegal fishing and rampant cutting of trees in mountains and even lowlands.

He said they have been long planning to revive the PEDOs but they have been very busy, especially during the elections.

Marquez said the PEDO has long been inactive in police stations and many officers now do not know about its role and functions.

The PEDO will receive complaints, reports and information and will act to arrest suspects engaged in illegal operations relative to mining, fishing and tree cutting.

He said he will call for a meeting of the provincial directors to form and train the PEDO members.

Marquez said that Mar Guidote, USAID country director for the Philippines, has promised to give budgetary assistance and equipment for the project. (PNA) LAM/FGS/JH/CBD