Rogelio Demelletes, Jr. (center) of the DENR Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service with representatives from the DENR enforcement team and the regional office of the National Bureau of Investigation, both in Region 13 (left and right, respectively), post the notice of closure (NOC) for Pacific Development Corporation for the continued operation of stalls and furniture shops selling illegally cut magkono logs in Brgy. Gata, San Agustin and Manyayay, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Magkono (Xanthostemon verdugonianus), otherwise known as Philippine ironwood, is classified as “vulnerable” in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. A total of nine stall owners were served NOCs by ELEPS in its operation in August. ###