Roxas City police moves 
to new headquarters soon

ROXAS City — Policemen of the Roxas City Police Station (RCPS) will soon transfer to its new headquarters in Kilometer 1, Brgy. Lawaan.

This was hinted by the regional police director, Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol Jr., during the graduation rites of the 22-member Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of RCPS here.

“While you have the full equipment and mobility, it is important also that you need a better house so in due time you will move to your new headquarters,” said Querol.

Construction is underway for the “class A” two-storey building with a rooftop for the RCPS new house through the collaborative efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and this city government.

This city will provide a counterpart to the P6-million allocation of the PNP for the completion of the project.

The facility will augur well for the peace and order program of the city government.

The old police station will be used as RCPS sub-station, custodial center for minors and a space for drug dependents who would voluntarily submit to initial rehabilitation. (Alex A. Lumaque/PIA/PN

Log ban exempts private lands, but…

ROXAS City — Private lands are not covered by the moratorium on total log ban, better known as President Benigno Aquino III’s Executive Order No. 23.

However, land owners who wish to transport their forest products must comply with necessary requirements to ensure that the place where the cut forest products is a privately-owned land, said Dionisio Molina Jr., provincial environment and natural resources officer.

Molina said the order declares a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in all forest lands, including virgin and residual forest lands.

He also said they will create an anti-illegal logging task force in the province to strengthen their campaign for forest protection and environmental preservation.

The task force will be composed of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Army, Department of Agrarian Reform, Agriculture office and the Philippine National Police (PNP), he said.

Molina said they also tapped certain sectors to help detect, confiscate, and file necessary criminal cases as well as enforce laws in relation to forest protection and preservation.

Among these sectors were the barangay officials, members of the Philippine Coast Guard, PNP and other civilians as deputized forest officers.

On the other hand, he said they continue urging the community to help save the environment by planting trees and maintaining and protecting them.

Earlier, Aquino expressed a strong political will to enforce EO 23 as it is his investment in the country’s future and environment.

He said his recent order plays a very vital role in addressing the problem on global warming and climate change which the people worldwide are currently experiencing. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN

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