A total of 7,000 kilograms of endangered fossilized and fresh clams, also known as taclobo, were confiscated in an operation in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday.
In a statement, the PNP said the clams amounting to P490,000 were seized by operations from its maritime group in Barangay Cayhagan last Oct. 26.
The operation also yielded the arrest of two suspects.
In another operation, police officers seized hot lumber worth more than P400,000 at a checkpoint in Allen, Northern Samar.
The PNP said a 10-wheeler reefer van, driven by one Jan Richard Ballosa, contained the lumber.
The police arrested the driver after allegedly failing to show the necessary documents indicating he was authorized to transport more than 400 pieces of lumber.
Criminal charges against the suspects in the two incidents are already being readied, the PNP said.
PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar reminded the public about existing laws that aim to preserve the environment and the country’s natural resources.
“Kaakibat ng aming mandatong proteksyunan ang ating mga komunidad ang pangangalaga sa ating kalikasan. Malaking bagay ang pagkakasabat ng mga taclobo na kabilang sa endangered species sa ating bansa sa ilalim ng Republic Act 10654. Lalo rin natin paiigtingin ang kampanya kontra ilegal na pagtrotroso,” he said.
Eleazar said he has tasked all police offices to strengthen measures against individuals or even groups engaging in activities that violate environmental laws including poaching of endangered species, illegal quarrying and illegal logging.