- Department of Environment of National Resources
It is important to point out that the enforcement of forestry laws, rules and regulations and the protection, development and management of forest lands fall within the primary and special responsibilities of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. By the very nature of its function, the DENR should be given a free hand unperturbed by judicial intrusion to determine a controversy which is well within its jurisdiction.
Sec. 1. Section 68 of Presidential Decree No. 705, as amended, is hereby amended to read as follows:
Sec. 68. Cutting, gathering and/or collecting timber or other forest products without license. * Any person who shall cut, gather, collect, remove timber or other forest products from any forest land, or timber from alienable or disposable public land, or from private land, without any authority, or possess timber or other forest products without the legal documents as required under existing forest laws and regulations, shall be punished with the penalties imposed under Articles 309 and 310 of the Revised Penal Code . . . (Emphasis ours; Section 1, E.O. No. 277 amending Section 68, P.D. 705 as amended)
Our forest resources may be effectively conserved and protected through the vigilant enforcement and implementation of our forestry laws, rules and regulations;
The implementation of our forestry laws suffers from technical difficulties, due to certain inadequacies in the penal provisions of the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines; and
To overcome this difficulties, there is a need to penalize certain acts more responsive to present situations and realities;
More than anything else, We, the undersigned, want the enforcement of forestry laws, rules and regulations and the proper protection, development and management of forest lands.