Loren: Tree-cutting cause of Mindanao power crisis

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DAVAO CITY—Reelectionist Senator Loren Legarda has called for the creation of a body that would oversee the proper management of Lake Lanao amid the power crisis Mindanao is currently suffering from.

Legarda, chair of the Senate climate change committee, said the need for a clear framework in managing Lake Lanao and its watershed resources becomes more imperative and urgent with the continued brownouts being experienced in Mindanao.

Legarda blamed the worsening deforestation of watersheds, including those in Lake Lanao, and the siltation of river systems as among the reasons for the power crisis.

She said the continued deterioration of Lake Lanao has affected the supply of water from the lake for six of Mindanao’s existing hydroelectric power plants, including Agus, which are collectively responsible for 70 percent of the island’s energy needs.

The National Power Corp. earlier said it has been regulating the flow of water in the hydroelectric power plants to ensure enough supply in the coming elections.

Legarda has filed Senate Bill No. 3097, a bill establishing an effective policy and regulatory administration over Lake Lanao through the proposed Lake Lanao Development Authority.

The proposed body would ensure the promotion and development of Lake Lanao in a sustainable manner, she said.

“The Lake Lanao Development Authority shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to issue Environmental Compliance Certificates (ECCs) … and grant permits for any projects or activities in or affecting the Lake Lanao Area,” she said. Nico Alconaba, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • StephenHalili

    I support Senator Loren Legarda for finding solution in the Mindanao power crisis..

  • MarieUntalan

    Dapat magkaroon na ng solusyon ang nangyayaring brownouts.Mabuti na lang at binigyang pansin ni Loren ang problemang ito..

  • RogerLerma

    HANGA AKO KAY LEGARDA,ENVIRONMENTALIST TLAGA CIA……

  • DingGalang

    ang hirap ng walang kuryente.sna maayos na to!

  • JohnBernabe

    Hulihin ang mga illegal logger, at mgtnm ng puno yan ang solusyon

  • Fancy Tan

    madam Loren, you need to fund and support the “Tree Planting Movement” because that will make a big difference and an everlasting legacy for you…..

  • kilabot

    sure.
    but noykapon’s inaction makes it doubly worse.

  • bayankopdi

    MARAMING NAMATAY SA CAGAYAN DE ORO, SA ILIGAN AT MARAMI PANG LUGAR DAHIL SA MALALAKING LANDSLIDE DAHIL SA ILLEGAL LOGGING, MARAMING OFFICIALS ANG INVOLVED, ELECTED OFFICIALS PA YUNG IBA NA FINANCER NG MGA ILLEGAL LOGGERS PERO HANGGANG NGAYON WALA PANG NAKULONG O NAKASUHAN….ANONG MASASABI NYO MADAM SENATOR? PURO KAYO DAKDAK WALA NAMAN KAYONG ACTION…

  • bayankopdi

    KUNG ANG DEP-ED AY MERON MGA TEACHERS, ANG DPWH AY MERON CONSTRUCTION WORKERS, ANG MILITARY AY MAY MGA SUNDALO ETC. ETC. ETC. DAPAT ANG DENR AY MERON SILANG TREE PLANTERS SA BAWAT PROVINCIA NA ANG TANGING TRABAHO AY MAGTANIM NG MAGTANIM NG PUNONG KAHOY PARA UNTI UNTING MAIBALIK ANG ENDANGERED NA KAGUBATAN NATIN…..SUBUKAN NYONG PUPUNTA SA DENR OFFICE WALANG GINAWA MGA TAO DUON KUNDI MAGTEXT, MAG FACEBOOK O NAGSESURF SA NET…YUNG IBA WALA SA UPUAN PERO YUNG JACKET NILA NAKA SABIT SA UPUAN PARA MAGKUNWAIRNG PUMASOK SILA KAHIT LUMABAS NA PALA SAOPISINA…..

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