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CDO, Iligan protesters demand stop to logging

Activists stage a protest to infront of Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Quezon City to commemorate the 40th day of the devastation brought by Typhoon Sendong on Cagayan De Oro, Iligan and other parts of Mindanao after the DENR allows the mining and loggings activities on the area. PHOTO BY RICHARD REYES

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Protesters, including those displaced by the Dec. 17 disaster here and in Iligan City, marched on this city’s streets to demand a stop to logging that had turned floods in Iligan on that day to a murky graveyard for nearly 1,000 residents of the city.

Carrying placards bearing the images of the dead, the protesters marched from the Pilgrim College in the downtown area to the Kagay-an Bridge.

At the bridge, families of the victims and survivors prayed in silence for about 17 minutes before bells and gongs were sounded late Wednesday.

They placed candles and flowers on a small raft, which they floated on the Cayagan River.

Aldeem Yanez, media coordinator for Balsa Mindanao, said the protest was aimed against illegal logging and commercial plantations in areas around the city.

These activities, he said, was being blamed for the devastating effects of the flood.

At the height of the flood, survivors and rescuers recounted logs pummeling homes or crushing people to death.

The killer logs that were unleashed in Iligan came mostly from the mountains of Lanao del Sur where a logging company, Vicmar, based in Makati City was operating.

Yanez said the results of a study his group made pointed to commercial plantations in the Bukidnon towns of Monolo Fortich, Libona, Talakag and Baungon as among the factors that turned the floods deadlier in Cagayan de Oro.

“Initial findings reveal the possible primary involvement of large-scale commercial plantations,” said Yanez.

“The mud, rocks and logs that destroyed lives and properties along the Cagayan River came from the upland areas of the plantations,” he said.

Yanez said this was the reason the protesters were demanding a stop to the issuance of permits for logging and plantations or the cancellation of existing ones.

Authorities, he said, should also go after violators of forestry laws.

Yanez said Balsa Mindanao and its supporters were also demanding that the voices of the victims be heard in terms of decision-making in the rehabilitation process.

“The relief (effort) is not enough, they should have a say in the decision-making process, as well,” he said.

In Iligan City, hundreds of people also converged at the bank of the Mandulog River, where a Mass was held for the 40th day of the deaths of the victims of the Dec. 17 disaster.

Relatives of those killed and missing also erected white wooden crosses in the spots where their houses formerly stood.

They released balloons and sky lanterns into the air, lighted candles along the riverbank before joining a solidarity walk toward the city center.

On Wednesday evening, flood victims from Bayug Island, who took shelter in the Ubaldo Laya evacuation center staged a “Survivors’ Night” where they took turns in displaying talents in singing, comical drama and dancing. Reports from Cai Panlilio and Ryan Rosauro, Inquirer Mindanao

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Tags: Environmental Issues , Flood , logging

  • Guest

    Investigate Vicmar. Know its owners or stockholders. Follow the paper trails to find the truth.

  • http://twitter.com/MakabayangJuan Juan Likas Makabayan

    Madaling ituro ang pagkakalbo ng kagubatan na siyang dahilan ng pagkamatay ng ating mga kababayan sa CDO at Iligan City. Ito ang larawang madaling makita. Larawan ng nakakalbong gubat, mga nagkalat ng troso at mga sabi-sabi ng mga taong nais ilihis ang isyu na magpapahamak sa kanila.

    Ayon sa siyensya, totoong nagbabago ang panahon ng dahil sa tinatawag na “Global Warming” na isa sa mga dahilan ay ang pagtotroso rin. Subalit, ito ay isa sa mga dahilan lamang. Ang mga usok na ibinubuga ng mga pabrika, ang mga Pagpatag ng kabundukan para sa isang inspratraktura at iba pang mga bagay na sumabay sa pag unlad ng mundo. Dahil dito ay umabot nga sa punto na nagkaroon ng ibang direksyon ang bagyo. Gayunpaman, sinasabi rin ng mga eksperto na kahit marami pang puno, o sabihin na nating walang pagtotroso na naganap sa kabundukan ng mindanao ay hindi pa rin kayang pigilan ng mga puno ang pagbulusok ng ganon karaming tubig na dala ng bagyong sendong. Samakatuwid, ang mga araw na iyon ay lubha talagang mapanganib para doon sa mga taong nakatira sa sinalantang lugar.

    Sino ba ang dapat managot sa maraming nalagas na buhay sa mindanao?

    August 23, 2010, naglabas ng pinakabagong at mas komprehensibong Mapa ang Climate Change Congress of the Phil. (CCCP) na nagsasaad ng mga lugar na delikado sa baha. Bago paman ito, pinagsabihan na ang mga Opisyal tungkol dito subalit binalewala ito kaya hindi alam ng mga residente ang totoong kalagayan nila.

    Ipinaalam ng CCCP sa Aquino administration ng tatlong beses ang tungkol sa Mapa na ito subalit hindi pa rin ito nabigyan ng pansin.

    December 15, 2011, dalawang araw bago nagwala si sendong ay ipinaalam na ng Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) kung gaano kalakas ang dalang ulan nito (50mm/hr) subalit inilathala ng PAGASA na mahina lang ito (10-25mm/hr).

    Kumakailan lang ay inamin ng malacanang na hindi nila napansin masyado ang bagyong sendong dahil abala sila sa tinatawag nilang “clearing of the landmines” na ibig sabihin ay pagtanggal ng mga corrupt na may katungkulan. halimbawa nito ay hakbang na pagtanggal kay Corona.

    Ang pagturo na ang illegal logging ang dahilan, kasama na rin ang paghikayat sa mga tao, kasama na ang mga biktima para mag rally, ay isang panglilinlang at paglihis sa talagang isyu kung bakit marami ang namatay.

    Maliwanag na ang Sendong ay sadyang magdadala ng baha na hindi kayang pigilan ng mga puno. Ang iwasan ang maraming mamamatay ay sa paraan lamang ng paglikas sa mga lugar na iyon.

    Ang hindi pagbigay ng tamang impormasyon ng mga opisyales, mahigit isang taon bago ang pangyayari (Liban pa doon sa unang mapa, tatlong taon ang nagdaan), ang maling impormasyong binigay ng PAGASA at pagbabalewala ng malakanyang dahil sa Impeachment case na yan ay NAGBUBUNGA NG KAMATAYAN NG 1400 TAO.


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