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2 environment execs downplay suspicions logging worsened ‘Pablo’

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This handout photo released by the Philippine National Police shows police search around toppled tree trunks caused by powerful typhoon Pablo (Bopha) in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Two high-ranking environment officials in Southern Mindanao downplayed suspicions that illegal logging and mining activities exacerbated the impact of the typhoon in the hardest-hit provinces of Compostela Valley province and Davao Oriental. AP/PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE PIO, LEONITO NAVALES

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Two high-ranking environment officials in Southern Mindanao downplayed suspicions that illegal logging and mining activities exacerbated the impact of typhoon “Pablo” in the hardest-hit provinces of Compostela Valley province and Davao Oriental.

Joselyn Marcus Fragada, director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Southern Mindanao, told reporters here that “typhoons now are not as weak as they were” and that is because of climate change.

He said illegal logging and illegal mining activities—which the DENR has been combating—were only circumstantial and that “nature is the worst enemy.”

Edilberto Arreza, chief of the Mines and Sciences Bureau in Southern Mindanao, said mining activities did not worsen Pablo’s effect in the two provinces.

He cited a report by the Office of the Civil Defense that said most of the deaths were caused by rampaging waters, not landslide.

Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy earlier said that there were no mining activities in Barangay (village) Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, the area where the high number of deaths was recorded.

He said Andap hosts the town’s watershed and is a protected area.

“There are also resorts in that area so how come there’s mining or logging there?” Uy asked, adding that resort owners would have been the first ones to raise a howl if mining was allowed in the village.

Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario said environment officials should not automatically dismiss suspicions that illegal logging and mining have contributed to the devastating effect of the typhoon.

“It is something that should be looked into,” he said, adding that Compostela Valley and some parts of Davao del Norte play host to mining activities.

But Del Rosario also agreed that it could be in Compostela Valley where Pablo’s “eye” was, which would explain why the devastation there was so extensive. “It seems that typhoon Pablo really targeted Compostela Valley,” he said.


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  • surigao_miners

    Sympre ipagtanggol nyo kasi malaki ang bigay sa inyo ng mga illegal na yan at mawawalan kayo ng MILLIONS! BUGOK!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FXCIZ3GD4CSNVVIUIVYX6VC4KI Apolinario

    Hindi kami bobo at lalong hindi kami maniniwala sa mga official na ito.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Dapat sesantehin ang dalawang ito. Parang atty sila ng mga illegal loggers at illegal miners ah. 
    DENR combating illegal loggers o protecting them. Impossibleng hindi niyo kaya hulihin ang mga yan sa pagkatagal tagal na ng panahon… combating pa din… 

  • iping2sison

    Ax these two officials. They are sleeping on their job. It has already been determined that most part of Compostela Valley is disaster-prone and yet these officials blame nature. Gov Arturo Uy should also resign for gross inefficiency.

  • dikoy321

    P-Noy, please have these two DENR officials REMOVED from Office!

    Such NEGATIVE excuses DO NOT HELP any past, present, FUTURE Gov’t REFORESTATION PROGRAMS !

    Such mind set are STUMBLING BLocks to REFORESTATION Progress !!

    The MORE Trees, the BETTER for the Country, People, Environment !

    Kick them out of their jobs and REPLACE them with PEOPLE who know HOW TO TREE PLANT !!!

    The Philippines and the Filipinos NEED Nature, though Nature doesn’t need us !

    Conserve NATURE and Maintain ECOLOGICAL BALANCE for the WELL-BEING of the Filipino Nation !

    Anyone against, who cannot Perform, ought to be fired !

    Forward Philippines !!!

    • julymorning

       UNAHIN SI ABNOY NA GUSTONG IPABUNGKAL ANG BUONG BANSA DAHIL SA MINA PARA LANG KUMITA ANG GOBYERNO SA PANAHON NYA.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Illigal loggers must be persicuted… dead or alive. Perwesyo na sila!

    Stopping illegal logging its in the Political will of the President. The leadership of the President must apply with teeth and must see by the people by removing appointed officials in the department that has no productivity. The President must issue an EO for his appointed officials that their bank accts will be freeze and cannot out of the country if they are suspected and unproductive to their work that arises illegal logging, illegal mining and other activities prohibited by law. On exemption to the power of law! Lets stop cover-up and pointing fingers….. each one must be responsible and accountible to their job……else resign!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000532465679 Donardo Cuago

    PALUSOT!

  • Your_King

    Definitely illegal logging was a major contributor to the worsening to the damages of ‘Pablo.’ President could have done something about this long ago and chose not to and now his neglect added to the devastation. This, as one commenter pointed out, is just “Palusot!”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      Why worry? There is always UN to turn to.

      • Your_King

        Aquino should be able to help his own country and resolve issues without always having to turn to the UN.

  • bugoybanggers

    Para mawala ang ILLEGAL Logging itigil na ang pag gagawa ng mga kagamitang gawa sa KAHOY. Isama na ang mga BAHAY. Dapat ipatigil na sa lahat ng larangan ang pagpapatayo ng BAHAY na may KAHOY, dapat lahat CEMENTO.. para bagang NITSO. Yung mga CIVIL ENGINEERS o mga DESIGNER dapat baguhin na ninyo ang mga nakasaad sa BUILDING CODE at BAWAL na talaga ang KAHOY! Kaya ba? o KAYABANGAN na naman ng mga kunwari Anti-ILLEGAL LOGGING kuno? Aba naman, may oobra pa ba? O babaguhin na lang ang BATAS para walang sisihan LEGALIZED na lahat! Kahit mag putol sa mga WATERSHED ipa LEGAL narin para kung may sakuna, walang taguan. HARAP lahat! Ang duduwag talaga ng mga PILIPINO ang daming BATAS wala rin PALAng PALABRA! Be RESPONSIBLE DAW eh sa MAKATI pala nakatira..sa CONDO! Hay naku!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZML5N2RBL5P6XZ7PR5BM4Q7YUE fair play

    when fragada was stationed in bicol, he was linked to a multimillion scam in reforestation hence his comment right now is self serving

  • buttones

    Maybe true, I think that ‘illegal’ logging, has got nothing to do with this. “legal logging” has ..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      Everything was legal until Nature came along to unearth all that were illegal.

  • TwiggyRamirez

    He said illegal logging and illegal mining activities—which the DENR has been combating—were only circumstantial and that “nature is the worst enemy.”

    — this is appaling. two DENR officials, umaaktong abogado ng mga illegal loggers. calling the attention of Malacanang, specially to our President PNoy. tanggalin na ang dalawang yan at imbestigahan sa lalong madaling panahon! mga anay sa gobyerno ang dalawang yan!

    • julymorning

       ANO ASAHAN MO KAY ABNOY? E SYA MISMO ANG NAG UUTOS NA MAGMINA. BAKIT DI NALANG KAYA NIYA PAPUNTAHIN MGA INTSIK SA HACIENDA NILA AT DUN MAGMINA?

  • speedstream2

    Among the faces we have to closely look at, who do we see on the accountability mirror?

  • boybakal

    I agree.
    DENR Paje is talking of illegal logging ang mining while he is in Manila.
    While the two regional are based in Mindanao, they have hands on knowledge.

    I agree that climate change did it.
    Mindanao is not in typhoon path but it is now, that is the change.
    And of course, there’s no more illegal logging in Davao Del Norte, the Legal Loggers denuded the forests long time ago.
    They are big names in Mindanao since Marcos time.
    Gone are Magtrotroso, what was left are Magkakahoy….which Paje accused of illegal loggers.

  • Lumad01

    Go Go Go mining and logging we will gain benefits from mother nature.coincident lang iyan and situation under.control good luck DENR..

  • opinyonlangpo

    Yeah right. I will not be surprised if these executives will later on be revealed to have links to the these illegal logging and mining activities. Without conducting an investigation first, they concluded that such magnitude of destruction is inevitable. Sounds familiar . . . like M . . . 

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Corrupt local executives, compulsive liars as they are, tell lies even if the evidence is right under our noses.
    :
    So that we will all believe in their lies, Joselyn Marcus Fragada, director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Southern Mindanao will now ask Congress to file a bill declaring typhoons as illegal.

  • mon key

    Tama ang 2 DENR Executives na to. Kasalanan to lahat ni Pablo. Di sya dapat dumaan sa Davao Oriental at Compostella Valley. Kung di dahil kay Pablo, di to nangyari lahat. Walang illegal logging at illegal mining sa Compostella Valley. Hindi totoo ang mga chismis. Haka haka lang yan. Dapat bigyan nang parangal ang taga DENR na mga ito dahil nagsabi sila nang totoo. :-(

  • $25214711

    Pera ng bayan ang nagpapasweldo sa 2 ito. Sayang lang.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Alangan namanan bintangin nila ang sarili nila?
    PDI, next time, you may want to refrrain from using self-serving information as it is a great disservice to your readers

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    nasan ang utak ng 2 na to? sa paa ba o sa pwet nila… “that is because of climate change” daw–hala nag aral ba sila ng issue na to at di nila alam causes ng climate change? muntik na talaga ako mahulugan ng panga katatawa sa KATANGAHAN ni arezza at fragada.

  • nti_boohaya

    Opo wala din ang illegal logging sa aming bayan.  Ganyan na ganyan din ang mga salita ng mga taga DENR at lokal na pamahalaan ngunit kalbo na ang bundok namin. Kapag naswerte ka na naimbitahan sa mga tahanan nila ay doon mo na makikita ang mga “hardwood” sa bahay nila at doon mo matitikman ang mga pulutan na linuto sa mga “trimmings” ng mga matatandang kahoy.  Simpleng lifestyle check mga yan para ma validate ang sinasabi nila. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Ang mga gawa ng illegal loggers ay naging sanhi ng mga kalamidad at pagkamatay ng marami.
    HINDI BA DAPAT HATULANG DIN SILA NG KAMATAYAN?Matagal ng sinasabi ng DENR na nilalabanan nila ang illegal logging gamit ang pera ng bayan pero wala naman nangyayari at ngayon kalbo na ang mga bundok. Marami pa rin illegal loggers.BAKIT HINDI NA LANG ISARA ANG DENR AT ILAGAY NA DIRETSA NA LANG SA PANGANGASIWA NG PRESIDENTE ANG PANGANGALAGA NG FORESTS?HINDI BA DAPAT SHOOT TO KILL ANG MGA ILLEGAL LOGGERS?

  • Mon Salcedo

    wag sana sariling interest o interest ng iba ang isipin… maging makatao…

  • julymorning

    MGA ABNOY TALGA ETONG MGA TAGA DENR. MABUTI SANA KUNG YUNG MGA MAGAGARA NILANG BAHAY NA GALING SA BUNDOK AT MINA YUNG TINANGAY NG BAGYO PARA MAG IBA TONO NILA. KATULAD DIN NG NAKAUPO NA ABNOY SA PALASYO. DAHIL SA KAGUSTUHAN NA KUMITA ANG KANYANG PAMUNUAN, PINAPAYAGAN ANG MGA MINERO KALIWAT KANAN NA KALBUHIN ANG KAGUBATAN AT BINABANTAAN PA ANG MGA KAWAWANG MGA MUNISIPYO NA SUMUNOD SA MALAKANYANG. MGA ABNOY TALAGA. SISIHIN PA ANG CLIMATE CHANGE KUNDI MGA HUNGHANG!!!



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