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DENR-Region 2 chief leads awarding of Medalya ng Papuri to 8 Valley cops 

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Cagayan Valley Regional Director Gil A. Aromin paid tribute to members of the Philippine National Police for their contribution in the enforcement of environmental laws in the region.

“The PNP has a lot of living heroes. The DENR is a witness to this. In fact, the enforcement of Executive Order No. 23 has not been successful without your vigilance,” Aromin told the police officers during their flag raising and awarding ceremony held on May 29 at Camp Marcelo Adduru in Tuguegarao City.

EO 23 was issued on February 1, 2011 by then President Benigno S. Aquino III declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests of the country and created the anti-illegal logging task force.

He explained the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force, composed of the DENR, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PNP, was created to enforce the logging moratorium and run after suspected illegal loggers and timber poachers in Cagayan Valley.

“As a result of their active involvement and campaign against illegal logging activities, Region 2 was declared as a zero hotspot in illegal logging,” he said.

Aside from the anti-illegal logging campaign, the PNP was also active in the enforcement of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, having accorded with full authority to seize illegally traded wildlife species and to arrest violators, as well as in the National Greening Program of the department.

“The PNP is also our active partner in the implementation of the National Greening Program as police personnel have been participating in several tree planting activities regionwide.”

Aromin was also hopeful of a stronger partnership with the uniformed personnel of the PNP with the appointment of Retired General Roy A. Cimatu as chief of the DENR.

“These are clear indications of the effective partnership between the PNP and the DENR. And the good news is, we expect a stronger partnership with the uniformed group because our environment chief, Secretary Roy Cimatu, is a retired general and former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.

Aside from being a guest speaker, Aromin also led the the awarding of Medalya ng Papuri to the following eight PNP members, namely: PO2 Grace D. Mingming for her successful implementation of Warrant of Arrest in Isabela which resulted in the arrest of one for violation of Republic Act (RA) 7610 or ‘An Act Providing for Stronger Deterrence and Special Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination, Providing Penalties for its Violation and for Other Purposes;

PSINSP Bruno B. Palattao, PSINSP Dennis D. Matias, SPO1 Arnold C. Seloza, PO3 Rhegie R. Bulan and PO1 Mark Jim Alipio, who were recognized for the successful conduct of buy-bust operation, or implementation of specific search warrants and arrests of several persons in violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165 and Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act or RA 10591; and

SPO4 Felimon A. Carabaccan and PO3 Jayson R. Tappa for “patiently and diligently repairing 64 assorted short and long firearms that were test fired and already issued to other units.”

Police Chief Superintendent PCSUPT Renato C. Angara and PSSUPT Juan R. Aggasid, chief of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division joined Aromin in the recognizing the awardees. ###