A path walk inside a coastal mangrove farm in Zamboanga City. Environment officials appeal to residents to preserve the mangroves which are habitat to different sea animals. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)
ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 22, 2014) – Police seized a huge quantity of illegally cut mangrove tree on Sacol Island off the southern Filipino port city of Zamboanga.
Police said two men - Balolong Barahim and Abdua Halim – were also apprehended for transporting the flitches. The duo was spotted by policemen led by Chief Inspector Nonito Asdai, of the Sacol Community Police Action Center, and intercepted them.
The illegal cutting of mangrove in coastal areas in southern Philippines, particularly in the western region, continues unabated and environment authorities are virtually helpless in stopping the locals from destroying the marine habitat of many sea animals and fishes.
Locals used the mangrove as poles for thatched houses and as firewood. (Mindanao Examiner)