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Old 13th August 2020, 01:07 AM
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I sought a Tree trimming business in my area to trim many trees in our titled compound. None existed.

I finally found a guy who owns a chainsaw through a friend of a friend. I offered him work to trim the trees. His reply was no, that he didn't want to go to prison because it's not registered.

Over 490 unregistered chainsaws now under PNP's custody

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1032459

Interesting law to know before you get involved with the use of, or ownership of a chainsaw in the PI.

https://pcsd.gov.ph/igov/republic-ac...ing-ownership/
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That is why I gave my chainsaw away before moving here. I knew I was not going to register it, and would not use it unregistered.
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I sought a Tree trimming business in my area to trim many trees in our titled compound. None existed.

I finally found a guy who owns a chainsaw through a friend of a friend. I offered him work to trim the trees. His reply was no, that he didn't want to go to prison because it's not registered.

Over 490 unregistered chainsaws now under PNP's custody

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1032459

Interesting law to know before you get involved with the use of, or ownership of a chainsaw in the PI.

https://pcsd.gov.ph/igov/republic-ac...ing-ownership/
That's interesting but makes sense... wow so maybe I won't buy a chain saw after all.
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WOW! That is a good ideal to register chainsaws. Maybe the ones in Brazil cutting down the rain forest would be less if they had to register them or go to jail.

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Well, having watched All of Narcos and Narcos Mexico on Netflix, plus Scar Face before, I'm glad there aren't so many of 'em! ...They have too many nefarious uses!
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Well Joe as always making us aware of the pitfalls of living here, ty.
We had a contractor remove a huge acacia tree as well as some smaller ones last year and we did the deal through our Barangay Capitan. I sent a chainsaw in a Balakbayan box earlier this year and have been using it to cut down all large prickle trees on our titled lot as well as our tax declared block down to the ocean of some 800M2. The Capitan is aware as we asked his permission and no one has said anything about the chainsaw and if it is registered.
Looks like another stint with bureaucracy for Ben. Thanks for the heads up.

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Wow, just when I thought that I had heard it all here. ������
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Joe is the man in the ground and continues to amaze a google freak like myself finding such things.
Not that I see it in the act but what is the law/requirements for residential home owners, I assume it's the same? Ben said just then "no that is for commercial/business use" and I said the act does not say that,,,,,,,,, the mind boggles at what locals think are the laws and the "actual law" a lot like BB guns or a bolo and the list goes on.

Off topic, Joe any idea where to buy tinned beetroot around the SFC La Union area? I have found it available online but 5 times the price we pay in Oz.

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I sought a Tree trimming business in my area to trim many trees in our titled compound. None existed.

I finally found a guy who owns a chainsaw through a friend of a friend. I offered him work to trim the trees. His reply was no, that he didn't want to go to prison because it's not registered.

Over 490 unregistered chainsaws now under PNP's custody

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1032459

Interesting law to know before you get involved with the use of, or ownership of a chainsaw in the PI.

https://pcsd.gov.ph/igov/republic-ac...ing-ownership/
JUST SO YOU KNOW...this is a great post, (thanks Hey_Joe for bringing it to our attention), because the Philippines; as well as a lot of other countries; have quite a few strange laws we all need to be aware of...

We should all practice following the local laws whether we agree with the laws or not; particularly since many of us on this Forum are foreigners...no sense in getting ourselves into unnecessary situations! HOWEVER...with that being said...this is NOT as alarming as many might think. So, I am here to clarify...

I purchased, currently own and possess 2 chainsaws on my property and use them regularly without any problems. I just had to take them down to the local DENR Office, (Department of Environment and Natural Resources), and submit them for inspection and apply for a permit, (couple of hundred pesos), and tell them that I am NOT going to cut down trees or otherwise become involved with illegal logging activities...

The guy you offered work to only refused for one and only one reason...just as you stated in your original post..."He is NOT registered".

That's it...the shop that will sell you a chainsaw will even tell you how to register your chainsaw as they are required by law to inform you. The Philippines is simply trying to stop the illegal harvesting of protected forested areas. Too many people were going out and cutting down trees in protected areas and selling the lumber for profit...but the trees were not theirs to cut down...hence the laws requiring the registration of all chainsaws.

The law is not intended to stop you or deter you from owning or using a chainsaw!

And simply trimming trees that are located on your own property is not included in the law. You can trim your trees any time you like.

The registration process took only a few minutes and they looked at and inspected the chainsaws and recorded the serial numbers and that was it...I went home and continued using my chainsaws. The local government units, (Barangays and Municipalities), in my area have even contacted me to help clear fallen trees after a typhoon or bad storm because they all know I have the chainsaws and many of them do not have their own chainsaws.

The Philippines; like most other countries; are not trying to stop good honest people from doing any particular task...they are just making the best attempt they can to try and stop illegal activities that eventually hurt us all in the long run.


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