The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Eastern Visayas is deputizing qualified citizens for the protection of the Calbayog Pan-as Hayiban Protected Landscape (CPHPL) in Calbayog City, one of the seven legislated protected areas (PAs) in Region 8.
Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian Jr. issued Regional Special Order No. 105 dated July 22, 2020, deputizing thirty-six (36) individuals from the City of Calbayog as Environment and Natural Resources Officers (ENROs).
By virtue of their deputation, the ENROs are authorized to assist in the enforcement of laws, rules and regulations under the jurisdiction of DENR within the territory of the Calbayog Pan-as Hayiban Protected Landscape.
They are authorized to investigate activities violating the NIPAS Act as amended or other laws relating to protected areas and assist in the issuance of apprehension receipts, seizure orders, and administrative hearings.
The order of deputation further authorizes the ENROs to arrest, even without warrant, any person who has committed or is committing an offense within the PA provided in environment and natural resources laws, rules, and regulations.
They are obliged to deliver the offender and the apprehended products and conveyances in coordination with the appropriate official designated by law to conduct preliminary investigation. They shall likewise act as witnesses in court.
The deputation of said ENROs is in effect within a period of one year, unless sooner revoked or terminated by the office.
“The deputation of individuals from the local community will strengthen the enforcement of laws, rules and regulations that protect the Calbayog Pan-as Hayiban Protected Landscape. We will always value the community as our partner in effectively managing our environment and natural resources”, RED Parian says.
RED Parian administered the oath of the Deputized ENROs during the 2nd Regular Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) meeting of the CPHPL held in Calbayog City on August 7, 2020.