MANILA — The Bureau of Customs-Port of Davao has intercepted a shipment of Agarwood, the most expensive tree, worth P1.72 million.
This type of wood is included in the National List of Threatened Philippine Plants per DENR Administrative Order No. 2007-01.
The operation was conducted with its office at Davao International Airport and its Environmental Protection and Compliance Division, in coordination with BOC-Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the PNP Aviation Security Group and the DENR Region XI,
Records show that the package was initially misdeclared as “wood frames for souvenirs.”
However, after x-ray scanning and physical examination, the package was instead found to contain 671 pieces of Agarwood chips sought to be illegally exported from the country without the necessary permits from the DENR.
The seized package shall be now subjected to seizure and forfeiture proceedings for violation of Section 117 (Regulated Shipments), Section 1400 (Misdeclaration) and Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture), all of Republic Act No. 10863 (CMTA) in relation to Section 27 (i) [Illegal Transport] of Republic Act No. 9147 (Wild Life Act), and shall be turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). (FC/MTVN)