THE Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) has reminded owners of chainsaws that these need to be registered since their use is regulated under the Chainsaw Act, or Republic Act No. 9175.
“Chainsaws, like guns are regulated by law,” said Engr. Raymundo Gayo, officer-in-charge CENRO, during the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency office on Thursday.
Gayo warned that those found possessing and using the tool without permit are liable for criminal prosecution.
At the same time, Gayo warned business establishments selling the tool to abide by the law to avoid criminal prosecution.
The Chainsaw Act, enacted in 2002, regulates the selling, purchase, re-selling, transfer, distribution or possession of a chainsaw without a proper permit.
A violation of any one of these acts will mean a penalty of P15,000 to P30,000 and imprisonment of four to six years.
The law also discourages unlawful importation and manufacture as well as tampering of engine serial number.
Penalty for any one of these offenses is either a fine of P1,000 to P4,000 and imprisonment of one to six months.
The use of chainsaw to cut trees or timber in areas not authorized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) would entail imprisonment of six to eight years and a fine of P30,000 to P50,000.
Gayo advised people who want to buy a chainsaw to coordinate with the nearest DENR office for a list of legitimate chainsaw sellers. (PIA-Pangasinan/ARF)