DENR employing Philippine-made ‘spy plane’ to fight illegal logging

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Caraga region has acquired an unmanned aircraft to closely monitor the activities and movements of illegal logging operations in remote mountain villages in the region.

Illegal logs pictured floating in Agusan.

DENR regional executive director Nonito M. Tamayo on Thursday said that the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also known as a “drone”, was developed by Filipino scientists and engineers and the first to be employed by the DENR in any part of the country.

The “drone” or “spy plane” monitors the activities in areas where suspected illegal loggers operate and subsequently send photos to the command center at the DENR regional office in Butuan City.

Tamayo said that the DENR’s Forest Management Sector would then analyze the data and pictures that were taken through the video camera of the UAV in relation to the National Greening Program being implemented by the DENR.

He said the UAV provides up-to-date data and real time information of the forest condition of various areas in the Caraga Region which is composed of the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Island.

Tamayo said the drone will also examine the status of all forest species planted under the government’s National Greening Program.

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