MANILA, Philippines – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Tuesday warned against the online sale and purchase of chainsaws, saying they are “deemed illegal and prone confiscation even without warrant ”.
According to the head of the Environment Agency, Republic Law (RA) 9175 or the Chainsaws Law of 2002 prohibits the sale and purchase of chainsaws through online platforms because it requires registration of chainsaws from the DENR.
“The public is advised to purchase chainsaws only from DENR approved 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 Chainsaws Act 2002 punishes violators with imprisonment of up to six years or a fine of P 30,000 per chainsaw.
Cimatu has stated that under Republic Law (RA) 9175 or the Chainsaw Law of 2002, the buying and selling of chainsaws through online platforms is restricted and registration of chainsaws 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 on the 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 agreement, production sharing agreement, or similar agreements, or a license to cut timber on private land; is a farmer 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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