February 1, 2023

The Community Environment and Natural Office of Conner, Apayao raised the existence of unregistered chainsaws as one of its main environmental concerns.
Cenro Raul T. Castro said the office is bothered by the existence of chainsaws in the municipality that are not registered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
During the municipal kapihan, Castro informed Mayor Martina Dangoy about their recent confiscation of a chainsaw that does not have a certificate of registration.
He said possession of an unregistered chainsaw is a violation of Republic Act 9175 or the Chainsaw Act of 2002.
Councilor Artemio Gonayon said he will raise the issue before the municipal council for possible passage of a measure that could localize the law to help the Cenro/DENR in addressing the concern on unregistered chainsaws.
Another issue raised is the town’s compliance with RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
Councilor Alexander M. Aswigue said the Environmental Management Bureau has not issued an environmental clearance certificate (ECC) to the town’s proposed landfill.
Development Management Officer IV Kennedy S. Battikin said the ECC application was denied because the drainage system of the proposed landfill affects a body of water.
The Cenro suggested for the local government unit to coordinate with the EMB and seek advice on possible alternatives or remedies to address the concern. – Press release