DENR chief Cimatu warns against ‘illegal’ online sales and buying chainsaws



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MANILA, Philippines – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Tuesday warned against selling and buying chainsaws online, saying they are “considered illegal and subject to confiscation even without warrant ”.

According to the head of the environment agency, the Law of the Republic (RA) 9175 or the Chainsaws Law of 2002 prohibits the sale and purchase of chainsaws through online platforms because it requires the registration of chainsaws from the DENR.

“The public is advised to purchase chainsaws only from authorized DENR dealers and have them registered with the nearest DENR office. Those purchased from unauthorized sources like online platforms are considered illegal and subject to confiscation even without a warrant, ”Cimatu said in a statement.

The DENR stated that it had consulted the Ministry of Trade and Industry on this matter. He also pointed out that the Chainsaw Law of 2002 punishes violators with imprisonment of up to six years or a fine of 30,000 pesos per chainsaw.

Cimatu has stated that under Republic Law (RA) 9175 or the Chainsaw Law of 2002, buying and selling chainsaws through online platforms is restricted and chainsaw registration is required. .

Deputy Environment Secretary Marcial Amaro Jr. said the DENR-Forest Management Bureau was creating “viable options to ban the online sale of chainsaws through a joint administrative order in view of the requirements of the RA 9175 and administrative order DENR (DAO) 2003-24 for sale. , possession and use of chainsaws.

Under DAO 2003-24, which are the rules and regulations for the application of the Chainsaw Act, only chainsaws purchased from distributors, importers and sellers accredited by the DENR are allowed to be registered. It also allows straightforward entry – without the need for a warrant – “illegitimate” chainsaws and unregistered sawmills.

The law further allows the DENR to “issue permits for the possession and / or use of a chainsaw for the felling and / or cutting of trees, timber and other forest or agroforestry products to any applicant who has a current timber license contract, a production sharing agreement, or similar agreements, or a license to cut timber on private land; is a grower of orchards and fruit trees; is an industrial arborist; is a licensed wood processor and the chainsaw must be used to cut wood that has been legally sold to said applicant; or must use the chainsaw for legal purposes.

Cimatu called on the public “to report the suspected illegal possession, use or sale of unregistered chainsaws” to the DENR.

Last year, the DENR said it seized 2,790 chainsaws and other illegal tools.

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