EARTH DAY DAMPER

PH has SE Asia’s lowest forest cover

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There’s more sobering news on the state of the country’s environment, according to an environment official during Monday’s celebration of Earth Day: The Philippines has the second-lowest forest cover in Southeast Asia and its biodiversity is among the most threatened in the world; despite the country having one of the most extensive coral reef areas in the world, only 2 percent of them remain in excellent condition.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officer-in-charge and Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio made this assessment in his Earth Day address on Monday, even as he assured the public that the government was working to reverse the country’s environmental degradation.

“Our forests have dwindled in the past 100 years [from 30 million hectares] to only 7.2 million, or 24 percent of our land area,” Ignacio said, adding that it has resulted in the country having the second-lowest forest cover in Southeast Asia.

“Our coastal and marine areas are equally problematic,” the DENR official said. “We have one of the most extensive coral reef areas in the world [but] 40 percent of these are in poor condition and only 2 percent are still in excellent condition.”

Ignacio noted that while the country’s biodiversity is considered one of the richest in the world, it is also among the most threatened.

As for major urban centers, particularly Metro Manila, the official said air pollution was a common problem while bodies of water in these areas remained unfit for human activity.

Ignacio said such environmental deterioration had resulted in a degraded ecosystem, poor health, scarcity in natural resources, poverty, unmitigated flooding, as well as death and destruction with the onset of climate change.

On road to recovery

Speaking at Earth Day rites at  Quezon Memorial Circle, the environment official also apologized to the public for the government’s inability to fully deliver on the Filipinos’ constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology, but added that [the country] was “now on the road to recovering the environment we have lost.”

Ignacio cited several measures being undertaken by the government to heal the environment, among them the total log ban in all natural forests and the national greening program, a reforestation effort aimed at planting 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million ha within six years.

“We will plant more trees in six years than what we [have] planted the past 50 years,” Ignacio said. “If we do not do this, it will take us 240 years to reforest our country,” he added.

Carbon emissions

Among the initiatives of the national greening program are the reduction of carbon emissions in the atmosphere, the absorption of runoff water and the distribution of geo-hazard maps to all communities to mitigate the loss of lives and property during extreme weather events triggered by climate change, Ignacio said.

He added that such government initiatives had earned the country a high ranking as a strong environmental performer in the 2012 Environmental Performance Index Report of Yale and Columbia Universities. The Philippines ranked 42 out of 132 countries and outperformed South Korea, Australia, Singapore and the United States, Ignacio said.

To highlight the theme, “Earth Day Everyday, Everywhere for Everyone,” the DENR and the Earth Day Network Philippines Inc. (EDNPI) yesterday launched the Mini(mize) Carbon Olympics among 32 high schools and 15 colleges and universities in the National Capital Region in a yearlong competition to showcase the best practices to reduce carbon emission.

Sound practices

“The [schools] would basically be competing with themselves on improving existing environmentally sound practices as a way of addressing climate change,” said EDNPI executive director Voltaire Alferez. During the activity set to start in June, the schools will be taught how to “audit” greenhouse gas emissions and their energy consumption, he added.

Alferez said among these practices were energy efficiency measures that may be as simple as replacing incandescent bulbs with LED lights, as well as good solid waste management, greening initiatives and efforts to reduce energy consumption.

Yesterday morning’s Earth Day celebration officially started with a “walk for nature” activity participated in by hundreds of environmentalists, including government officials and members of nongovernmental organizations, who walked around the Elliptical Road before gathering at  Quezon Memorial Circle  for the ceremonies.

Meanwhile, reelectionist senatorial candidate Sen. Loren Legarda promised to embark on an “Oplan Linis” operation immediately after the May 13 election, to remove and recycle her campaign materials all over the country.

“All over the country, all campaign plastics, tarpaulins, reusable calendars, pins and ballers, will be collected and recycled,” the senator added.

Legarda, a proponent of several environmental legislation, and chair of the Senate committee on climate change, called for the Earth Day-themed press conference to promote environmental protection as a “gut issue.”

“Environmental issues are hunger and food scarcity issues,” she said, adding that the most victimized by “climate injustice” were the poor and marginalized.

The senator also announced plans to furnish local government units with geo-hazard maps, and to legislate community-based disaster risk reduction and eco-tourism through the establishment of “living ecological museums.” With a report from  Jaymee T. Gamil

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  • farmerpo

    Kasi for sale lahat dito sa Pinas. Illegal logging is rampant, dynamite and cyanide fishing is rampant, muroami is a way of life. Technically, logging is banned but the DENR has a way around it. DENR advises that the natives or itas of the area can fell trees for their use and teach them how to partially process the logs that they may pass as finished products and sold in the open market. Parang SC, letter of the law is above the spirit of the law. The law of corruption in its technical form. Fun in the Philippines, isn’t it?

    • Platypus09

      I agree.

      This is another sad story.

      It took at least fifty years for the Province of Bohol, to come up with the beautiful and law-protected “Man-Made Forest” in the town of Bilar, Bohol, on your way to the famous Chocolate Hills in Carmen.

      That is how long will it take to see BIG MAHOGANY trees working to serve their purpose.

      If BOHOL can do it, so the other provinces can. It takes a lot of resources and planning, but can be done.

      You just have to do it and PROTECT them from people’s illegal cutting and logging.

      Maintain our forests, including man-made, by calling or proclaiming them as protected “NATIONAL TREASURES”, in EACH PROVINCE of the country.

      MASSIVE REFORESTRATION of forests and lands in each province, in rural areas where big forests used to stand tall is a MUST, starting NOW…

      • buttones

        I entirely agree, but can you please stop going on about mahogany? There is NO SUCH THING in PH! It is Luan it is called Philippine Mahogany, for marketing reasons, it has nothing to do with the species, the so called mahogany trees you mention are NOT mahogany at all. But your post is well taken , thank you..

      • Platypus09

        Really?

        Wow..

        Like you said, Philippine Mahogany remains a mahogany.

        A mahogany is a mahogany, whether it is Philippine, Korean, or whatever, isn’t it. That is why you have the mahogany name attached to it.

        What is the fuss about it?

      • topolcats

        Did you not understand what Buttones said?….Duh

        Luan is another name for “Philippine Mahogany,” which isn’t really mahogany.
        It is a plywood that is usually 1/4 in. thick. It is used as an “underlayment” for various types of non-tile floorings.
        Luan has been pronounced tabu by every flooring trade. It is not stable. It’s right down there with (dare I say it?) particle board.

      • askal2u

        who cares, magtanim na lang kaya kayo ng puno keysa pinagtatalunan walang kwentang topic nyo, mga tamad.

      • Platypus09

        Somehow you and buttones need to verify things.

        These names (whichever mahogany) are confusing to ordinary readers.

        It is your obligation to set things straight, but then I forgot you guys don’t have the authority to straighten these things out. Duh…

      • askal2u

        it does not matter what kind of tree it is, the main thing is that kinakalbo pa rin ang mga kabundokan at sinusunog pa natitirang puno, kaya pagdating ng tagulan, baha ang kapatagan. dapat natuto na mga pilipino nung kay ondoy, yung nangyari sa Real Quezon, Leyte, minahan sa Marindoque, at yung dumaan sa compostela pero wala pa rin. buti pa nung panahon ni Makoy, nagpasimuno si Imelda ng Green Revolution at mandatory na magtanim mga tao ng tigdadalawang puno. pero mga sumunod na administration puro lang kayabangan at walang ginawa sa kalikasan. pati Manila Bay ginawang tambakan ng basura. Mga Pinoy panahon na para magrecycle gayahin nyo ang Japan at Singapore, wag yurakan at duraan ang kalikasan, dahil pag ibinalik ng kalikasan ang kanyang paghihiganti, mas mabaksik pa yan sa mga mikrobyong papatay sa mamamayan. Sya nga pala, ang mga mikrobyong naninira ng kalikasan mga corrupt na politiko at businessmen na nasa illegal logging.

    • Platypus09

      BTW, there are lots of PROTECTED NATIONAL FORESTS like Yosemite, etc. in the US, keeping their existence for hundreds of years already.

      This is just to let you know that if other countries can do lots of things to protect their forests, we can do the same thing here in our country, our beloved Philippines.

  • Cobra

    go to any politicians houses and you will find remnants of these forests inside.When you fly overhead the Phils you can see how denuded the mountains are from north to south.The sad thing about it is that we lost all the forests,polluted the seas and got nothing to show for it.Napunta lahat sa kamay ng mga gahaman na politiko,military at mga loggers na nagsi yaman.

  • bayankopdi

    IF THE DEP- ED HAVE TEACHERS, THE MILITARY HAVE SOLDIERS AND THE PNP HAVE THE POLICE WHY CAN’T THE D.E.N.R HAVE TREE PLANTERS? IF EACH OFFICE OF THE D.E.N.R. IN EACH PROVINCE HAVE 50 TREE PLANTERS AND THESE 50 PLANTERS WILL PLANT ATLEAST MINIMUM OF 10 TREES A DAY SO EACH DAY THEY WILL PLANT 500 X 5 DAYS EQUALS 2,500 TREES PLANTED IN A WEEK X 4 WEEKS PER MONTH EQUALS 10,000 TREES PLANTED IN A MONTH X 12 MONTHS EQUALS 120,000 TREES PLANTED IN A YEAR IN EACH PROVINCE. IF THESE TREE PLANTERS WILL BE HIRED FOR 10 YEARS THAT I S 120,000 TREES PLANTED IN A YEAR IN EACH PROVINCE SO X 10 YEARS EQUALS 1,200,000 TREES PLANTED IN A 10 YEAR PERIOD IN EACH PROVINCE. INSTEAD OF HIRING USELESS CLERKS IN THE D.E.N.R WHO ARE DOING NOTHING EXCEPT TEXTING OR SURFING THE NET OR ON FACEBOOK…TRY TO PASS BY ANY D.E.N.R. OFFICE FOR SURE YOU WILL AGREE WITH ME….

    • GKLer

      90% of those trees will die, since young/seedling trees cannot take care of themselves.

      • Hfxwst

        Talaga? Only in the Philippines then – survival rates on reforestation projects are better than 90%. You are full of crap!

      • GKLer

        Really? The military planted a truckload of new trees along a short roadside I pass through everyday, 2 years later not one of them remain alive. The few that could have survived even got burned down by some farmer wanting to clear the grass in the area. Trees cannot water themselves or take care of themselves.

        Your over 90% survival rate is marketing propaganda = a lie. The fact that the PH has the lowest forest cover in SEA is proof of that.

        Here, educate yourself: I quote an expert “”A lot of trees will be planted by a lot of groups on Arbor Day, but 90 percent of them will die,” David Milarch said.”

        source: www . huffingtonpost . com/2013/04/22/ancient-tree-clones-restore-forests_n_3130240 . html

      • Hfxwst

        Reforestation is used world wide to great success – and yes, trees manage to use rainfall to “water themselves” , just as the ones in the Philippines already do- dah. Like I said, you are full of crap.

        To suggest reforestation does not work is just plain nonsense. Problem here is the theft of trees, lack of education and know-how and just too many people who need to survive as well as a complete lack of respect for the environment.

      • GKLer

        Have you heard of El Nino? How about drought? How about kaingin farming? It only takes one of those to wipe out new trees. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Try planting a tree, and see how much water YOU need to give it to keep it alive. Like I said, educate yourself. I can be full of crap, but it won’t change your level of intelligence.

        Don’t confuse US-style forest management designed to harvest trees at a sustainable rate with tree planting in the Philippines.

      • Hfxwst

        Filipino culture of excuse making as justification for doing nothing. It works everywhere else, no reason it won’t work here.

      • Guest

        Do you know why 20 PH forest rangers have been killed in the last 2 years? That’s hardly doing nothing.

      • Hfxwst

        Count up how many waiters, or nurses or anything else who have been murdered in the Phil. in the past year – you will find 20 to be a small number.

      • Guest

        Try telling that to the victims’ families. This is about forests, and trees, and people responsible for them – not waiters or nurses.

      • buttones

        Usually, in proper logging methods abroad the logger is required to plant three trees for every one he logs. One is lost to weather, one is lost to insects or disease and one survives so the survival rate is about one third. DENR are NOT planting forests! They are planting plantations with little diversity, plantations are NOT forests, and they CANNOT replace what has been destroyed. In a given hectare of primordial forest they might be 30 species of tree, maybe the same in bushes, a hundred plant species. A thousand insect species and a dozen birds,
        reptiles and mammals. On top of that, if you remove a rain forest, the ground
        that is left is actually sterile; it was fertile because of thousands of years
        of growth and decay. This report is a terrible indictment on our country, it’s shameful,most of us who live in rural areas have known about this for years, as Congress has also but have done nothing about it, other than to join in the destruction in return for pennies so they can live in their squalid gated ghettos. And now they are hell bent on destroying Palawan- and they will…more pennies in their purse but a job for Maria tending bar at minimum wage…

      • GKLer

        30 years ago, the wood that was cut down was sent to Japan – which then sent back to the Philippines: TV sets – the casing of which was made of wood.

      • buttones

        Backtrack a little bit, the destruction of our forests actually started with the Americans, a thing called a chainsaw, before that we were whacking down trees at the rate of one a week with our stone axes. That was when the problem started. Most of our forest went to plywood, for the US market, they even called it Philippine Mahogany, they had to because it was Luan, which is not mahogany at all, this species does not exist in PH. It ended up in Japanese TV sets? That might be true, it probably is ……This much I do know, the rape and destruction of our forests is basically over, it’s finished, there is nothing left, the bottle is empty -so to speak, the game has been played out, it is finished with – there is no more…

    • madam01

      they don’t have “tree-planter” per se, but they do have tree planting projects that employ local communities. they had before but found it that employing local communities are more successful and economical. the only problem is implementation and monitoring of these tree-planting projects

    • panhase

      And what will happen to the trees? If people do not understand why it is necessary to have trees, to have a forest cover, it will go on like it does.

    • $8278216

      Pabor ako sa mga sinabi mo ka bayankopdi, pero dapat punahin din natin ang mga politicos dahil tayong may malasakit ang syang nag iisip upang taniman ang ating mga nakakalbong kabundukan at pagktapos silang mga legal na mga sindikato ang syang sumisira sa ating kalikasan sa pagnanakaw ng ating likas na yaman(kakahuyan, etc.)Ang masakit pa sa lahat ibinebenta ito sa ibayong dagat at halos wala kang mabili sa lokal na pamilihan.

  • LadyBalmaceda

    Kaya paborito ko si Loren e,Siya pa maglilinis ng kalat niya,huwaran talaga siya

  • DennisTan

    Yan ang mga dapat iboto,makakalikasan ….Maaasahan mo po ang boto ko senator Legarda.

  • JuliusContis

    Isinasabuhay ni Loren ang adbokasiya niya,,which is good

  • MonGaspar

    Lalo kitang hinangaan senadora legarda,sana tularan ka ng ibang kandidato..

  • Putakte Naman

    Title lang ang binasa, alam ko na ang nilalaman, ito’y isa na namang kakurakutan! Dapang dapa na ang Pilipinas kong mahal. Gobyerno kaawaan ang binsa, gumawa kayo ng hakbang, sugpuin ang kakurakutan. Nasa tabi tabi lang niyo yong mga kurakot. Kung di niyo makita lumabas kayo nasa kalsada karamihan nangangampanya! Ano ba naman yan!

  • NelsonBagatsing

    SANA LAHAT NG MGA PULITIKO MAGLINIS DIN NG MGA KALAT NILA PARA MABAWASAN ANG BASURA

    • AntiAko

      Asa ka pa!

  • wawa2172

    Forest cover in the Philippines? Parang ulo ni PNoy he he he…magalit na kayo but true naman. The DENR, the politicians, the illegal loggers, AFP and PNP are in connivance to embarrass the president with regards to forest cover sa PH. Our government has no master plan on the aspect of protecting our environment. It has strengthen its mining act to the detriment of the country. Look at Surigao mining sites, behold the place is a paradise then ngayon patag na ang bundok, kulay chocolate na ang dagat at wala nang buhay, wala nang punong kahoy meaning KALBO na. What happen to our forest cover, simply ask PNoy he knows the answer.

  • divictes

    Second na naman tayo? Well, don’t worry. At the rate that we are stripping our forest we will top the list sooner than we think.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    hoy DENR…puro lang kayo press release…stop issuing mining permits na!!!!!

  • Fulpol

    just request the millions recipients of Conditional Cash Transfer to plant one seedling of a tree in a year.. solve..

  • mekeni62

    yes there was a total ban on logging but it is all in paper. Come rainy season and those landslides all you see cascading from the hills are logs and freshly cut trees.The big problem lies on law enforcement because the lawmakers are the lawbreakers themselves.

  • Guest

    Sa tingin ko hindi lang gobyerno ang dapat sisihin dito, wala rin disiplina mga pinoy pagdating sa pagtatapon at pag-minimize ng kanilang basura, tapon dito, tapon doon, kala mo meron silang mga alalay na tagapulot at taga ayos ng mga basura nila, mga basurang tinapon na aanod sa mga canal at ilog. Minsan namasyal kami sa hundred islands, napansin namin na basta n lang tinatapon ng mga bisita basura nila sa mga isla. Ganun din sa Mt. Makiling, makikita mo sa trek mga pinagkainan ng mga namasyal. May mentality rin ang mga pinoy na wala silang pakialam o kaya iniisip nila na problema na ng ibang tao mga ginagawa nila lalo na kung hindi nila lugar. Sa tingin ko may problema din tayo pagdating sa ating pananaw tungkol sa pangangalaga ng ating kalikasan.

    • kumilos_tayo

      100 percent tama ka.. Ang totoo tamad sa atin magtapon ng basura sa tamang lugar kung saan saan lang nagtatapon lalo na yung mga nasa squatter area tapos pag bumaha sisisihin ang pamahalaan eh no. 1 sila ang may kasalanan kung bakit nang yari yun. Para din yan tulad ng mga sumusuporta sa UNArroya at MARCOCES alam naman talaga nila na magnanakaw ng kaban ng bayan yan sila pero binoboto pa din nila at pinagtatanggol pa.

    • askal2u

      Totoo yan, pag dumaraan nga eroplano sa Japan tuwang tuwa ako kasi puro green kabundokan, ganon din sa Taiwan, pero pagdating sa Pilipinas biglang napanot kabundokan at may makikita ka pang mga usok dahil sa kaingin. Kaya di an ko magtataka na mababaha uli Pilipinas at mga natitirang lupain matutuyot dahil wala nang pagkunan ng tubig. Pero di mo na mababago mga Pilipino sa katigasan ng ulo unless magmartial law uli. Buti pa non lahat sumusunod, tignan mo sa Singapore, takot mga tao sa fine, kaya sila ang tinawag na “Finest City” di dahil sa multa kundi sa disiplina ng mga tao. Pansin ko rin mga Pinoy, masunorin sa mga batas ng ibang bansa at lumilinya pa lalo na sa airport, pero paglapag pa lang eroplano sa Manila, iba na kilos, kanya kanya nang gulangan sa unahang makalabas ng eroplano at sa airport, nawala na disiplina.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    papaano di magiging 2% na lang yan, e, ni-rape palagi ng mga tsekwa sa tsina!!! wala na silang malamon sa kanilang lugar di tayo ang yayariin. Dapat gawa agad ng hakbang o mabigat na hatol sa sinumang pumasok sa ating karagatan. Ang kagubatan natin paubos sa halip na palago dahil ba naman sa dinami ng tao na nangangahoy para panggatong. Ang illegal logging hindi masugpo-sugpo dahil kung sino ang siyang dapat magbawal siya pa ang unang nagsususwail.

  • joboni96

    pasalamatan mga

    1. intsik switik na nag logging
    2. imperyalistang u.s. na nagsimula

    sila ang sumira ng ating kapaligiran

    tayong mga pilipino
    pinagaawayan ang latak
    tinatamaan ng landslide at baha

    singilin ang mga sumira sa ating kapaligiran

  • aspirin200

    As long as the species used in reforestation has commercial value, eg gmelina, bagras and large leaf mahogany, nothing will come out of the program because we still allow its export in raw and semi-processed form. If we use these species in our reforestation efforts, then an export should be enforced, else, its an exercise in futility.

  • HoyGago

    Sabi sa title, Lowest. Sabi sa article, Second-lowest. Ano ba talaga?

  • ConcernedCitizenPh

    Everything that is supposed to be controlled and managed by the DENR seems to have dwindled to almost 0% levels. DENR seems to be managing almost nothing now.

  • Mang Teban

    Promises, promises, promises……This was how a lady senator had been consistently elected because of her advocacy on environment, especially planting seedlings to grow as trees. It appears she had done NOTHING to stop the illegal logging and the wanton destruction of the mountains and hillsides where forests used to abound. Anyhow, the way the senatorial candidates campaign these days, it is common to see them making promises like a presidential aspirant. Come to think of it – not a single executive power is vested in a lawmaker. Thus, even if there is a law to preserve the environment but the Executive Branch fouls up in the implementation, all these promises and speeches in Senate are useless.

    So easy to advocate planting millions of trees every year with all the media photographers and video camera men cover the Earth Day celebrations. But, it is apparent that somebody sows, somebody else reaps.

    The illegal loggers surely must love these “promising candidates” whose advocacy is to protect the forests by planting trees. Once grown, the trees are ready for cutting. The candidates who get elected do not mind anyway, they are already in power to collect their pork barrel, share in annual savings for the MOOE privilege, committee chairmanship perks, and hide in some vacation spot in other countries where the governments and their people act together as one to stop abuses on Mother Earth.

  • Mang Teban

    Promises, promises, promises……This was how a lady senator had been consistently elected because of her advocacy on environment, especially planting seedlings to grow as trees. It appears she had done NOTHING to stop the illegal logging and the wanton destruction of the mountains and hillsides where forests used to abound. Large scale mining and unnecessary real estate development are culprits as well in the cutting of trees in forested areas of our country. Flora and fauna suffer from it and many species are now endangered or have gone extinct.

    Anyhow, the way the senatorial candidates campaign these days, it is common to see them making promises like a presidential aspirant. Come to think of it – not a single executive power is vested in a lawmaker. Thus, even if there is a law to preserve the environment but the Executive Branch fouls up in the implementation, all these promises and speeches in Senate are useless.

    So easy to advocate planting millions of trees every year with all the media photographers and video camera men cover the Earth Day celebrations. But, it is apparent that somebody sows, somebody else reaps.

    Primarily, the illegal loggers surely must love these “promising candidates” whose advocacy is to protect the forests by planting trees. Once grown, the trees are ready for cutting. The large scale miners and real estate developers come to the forests to claim what they believe is their right to excavate the land or clear the area of any foliage. A huge payola for government regulators is all they need to get a legal permit.

    The candidates who get elected do not mind anyway, they are already in power to collect their pork barrel, share in annual savings for the MOOE privilege, committee chairmanship perks, and hide in some exclusive vacation spots in other countries where the governments and their people act together as one to stop abuses on Mother Earth.

  • RyanE

    But of course, courtesy of Enriles, Zubiris and other big-time loggers!

  • CmdrAdobo

    This one is the scariest.

  • dennis_genio

    “Our coastal and marine areas are equally problematic,” the DENR official said. “We have one of the most extensive coral reef areas in the world [but] 40 percent of these are in poor condition and only 2 percent are still in excellent condition.”
    Who´s to BLAME??? The last time,a damage was done by US warship and was followed by Chinese ship (poachers) in Tubataha reef? Besides,our country belongs to “Pacific Ring of Fire” and have a regular visitors of almost 20 Typhoons/ year.So,what should we expect?Bukod pa doon sa mga illegal loggers sa buong bansa!

    • panhase

      Well the damage done by this to ships is small compared to the damage done through dynamite and cyanid fishing. Everybody knows it is done, many people know who is doing it but in the end nobody cares. So who is to blame? And besides, these reefs are a protection against typhoons.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Illegal logging will stop the day there is no more trees.
    Dynamite and illegal fishing will stop the day nothing left.

    Nobody cares the past and future.

    What to expect from a gullible country built on lies since Magellan,
    imposing fake text books and run by thief’s gang’s and Clergy ?

    A square disaster !

    NB: Meanwhile Enrile is logging in Samar the Country last remaining forests in perfect conditions, considered of world importance.
    Enrile will be money thirsty to his last breath.

    Spoiling the peoples and country are his deadly passion and power satisfactions.

    • buttones

      “Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish
      has been caught will we realize that we can’t eat money.”

      And the report was only about our natural environment, what about our overcrowded, stinking, polluted cites as well- someone is going to get killed by all this garbage one day- oops! Too late that’s already happened….!

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Amerindian Chief declaration 150 years ago ?

  • kismaytami

    Katawa naman itong article mo ms. andrade. Maisingit lang talaga ang pangalan ng isang kandidato eh. Ano namang kinalaman ng pagtanggal ng poster sa pagiging lowest-forest-cover ng Pilipinas??? Ka-ching siguro nang ka-ching ang pitaka niyo sa media ngayong panahon ng halalan!

  • Philipmon

    The DENR official should realize that we don’t need his apology, what we need is for him to do his job. In addition to the reforestation efforts, they need to prosecute those who profited in the destruction of these resources regardless of their position in government or status in Philippine society.

  • $8278216

    Ang pag mulat sa masa tungkol sa pagmamahal ng kalikasan ay nag mumula sa pagtuturo sa murang kaisipan ng mga kabataan sa kasalukuyan. Simula sa unang taon ng pag aaral at hinde lamang tungkol sa kalikasan kundi sa lahat ng tamang gawain sa buhay..marami tayong likas na yaman gaya na ng mga kakahuyan subalit halos wala kang mapag kunan sa pamilihan. Nakapagtataka lamng sa kadahilanan baket ang halos lahat ng mga politico yari sa magagandang kahoy ang kalo-uban ng pamamahay. Hinde kaya sila mismo ay walang malasakit sa kalikasan upang alamin kung legal man o hinde ang pinag kunan ng kanilang materyales(kahoy)?, o baka naman sila mismo ang mga kriminal ng kalikasan?,ooopppppssss, tama ba….

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    I’m not surprise.

  • rlo

    Well. I encourage the developer to wipe out the forest so that there will be no shelter for the NPA. So it will move into an urban combat environment. What do we need the forest for? We need to keep building those single detached housing. We don’t even need farms.

  • Corrupt_Jerk

    Rampant illegal logging sa Agusan Sur at Agusan del Norte pati na rin sa Surigao..isaman mo na rin ang tinatawag natin “The last Frontier daw ng Pilipinas ang Palawan..na pinamumugaran na rin nga mga illegal at legal loggers..

    Ang dapat kasi sa mga bogok natin mga lokal na pulitiko pasagasaan ng troso kasi sila din ang nagpasimuno at protektor sa kanilang lugar. Pulis naman natin puro lang salita at pa pogi pero wala rin silbi.

    • Platypus09

      As a culture, we tend to be nice and obey our elders and authorities.

      Somehow, we need to start saying “NO” or say FOUL ( time out) to them and to the people around us, if we found them illegal, offensive and hurtful to our beings and our communities.

  • Jr Derha

    wah,,, not unexpected at all… but we have still time to reverse the trend…

  • askal2u

    Magtataka pa mga Pilipino bakit ubos na mga kagubatan at polluted na mga ilog at karagatan eh wala naman sila pakialam sa kalikasan kundi bastosin at baboyin to lalo na mga politiko at mga mining companies, illegal loggers, at mga factories. Bat di natin gayahin ang Singapore na sobrang linis dahil sa pagmamahal sa kapaligiran.

  • charlie_oscar

    Look at the clearing of the forest reserve in Subic! This virgin forest was preserved by the Kanos for 50 years and as soon as it was put under the control of province power brokers, large swaths have been cleared to allow Korean Condo development! Shame Shame…Major Major!

  • $14334231

    sige lang….tuloy ang illegal logging at kaingin para mapatag na ang mga bundok at matabunan na ang mga hudas…..

  • Yxon

    “total log ban in all natural forests and the national greening program, a reforestation effort aimed at planting 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million ha within six years”

    matagal na at palagi naman ganito ang ideya nyo. but how about the results?
    – since 2000 pa yata ang total log ban sa Caraga region, pero hindi man lang huminto ang illegal logging doon. mas grabe pa nga for the last 5 years. ang TLA’s doon pinabayaan lang nino, nilamutak na ng mga loggers pati saplings.
    – remember the CBFM and other refo financed by the WB? merong resulta….sa bulsa lang napunta ang pera, walang kahoy na nagsurvive kasi pgkatanim pinabayaan.

    there should be a concrete long term plan that should address deforestation and greening of our land. one suggestion where also the industry could benefit is to give the open/lease the lands to investors (even 100% to foreigners) for them to develop it into forest plantations. maraming tama ito, GREENING, REVIVAL OF THE TIMBER INDUSTRY, OPENING UP OF THE PULP and PAPER INDUSTRY which will ultimately will have the multiplier effect to our economy. imagine the jobs and trade that it would create.

    time na ng DENR para maging bida , hindi na lang palagi iisipin KUNG PAANO SILA MAGKAPERA at the expense of our forests. SEc Paje knew what is goings on in the department as he came from the ranks. had even been a part of Caraga office (Prov Director?)

    huwag umasa sa local foresters natin; sila ang nakakaalam kung saan lusutan mga regulations na mismo mga bro nila ang gumawa.

    it is just the political will of our leaders that would restore back our forests.

  • penoy2012

    PANOT ang kabundkukan. PANOT! PANOT! PANOT! PANOT KA!

  • Ros Feliciano

    It appears
    that we are solving our problems without recognizing the root causes of our
    many problems. As if we are cutting branches of a tree in order kill it. One root cause of all problems we have in
    front of us is over population. People are competing among themselves in order
    to survive. This is compounded with our mentality of “bahala na” attitude and
    of our being ignorant about things that we should have to do for our own good.
    In my adulthood I remember that when I was nine years old, we were staying in
    our own piece of agricultural land with an area of about one hectare. The
    question is, why I still have to go to the public market to buy leafy and fruit
    vegetables when we could just easily plant? I think this is still true to some
    of our people of these days. I certainly don’t blame my parents because they
    were raised by wealthy parents who all died during the WWII and most likely they were still having that “hang-over”
    of the kind of life they had as when they were with their parents. What counts more is the attitude of a person
    that can be emulated by people in the community where that person lives. I
    remember the story of my maternal grandmother that there was a creek that made
    its way through the very center of Zamboaga City. It was in 1905 hundred when
    the American soldiers who were stationed in what was called Petit Barrack in
    the City, potable water were fetched from the creek. Today the creek is
    completely used as a dumping place of all kind of garbage of people dwelling
    alongside the creek. This seems to be the result of what the late President
    Quezon who said that he prefers to see the Philippines ruled by devils than by
    angels. Like I say, the root cause of all our problem s is over population.

  • Katuwiran lang

    This is all pure talk and soundbites. There is mining endorsed by the govt. Logging in many places esp in the caraga region and other parts of mindanao. The lure of instant cash for the govt and private individuals are just hard to resist. I wish they would just stop talking and just do what is necessary to heal our environment. Jobs are needed so people wont resort to environmentally destructive endeavors.

  • BoyBakal

    PH has SE Asia’s lowest forest cover….

    What can we do….The Head of the PH has no cover….Follow the Leader.

  • ARNOLD GALLO

    panahon na para magkaroon ng batas na iobliga ang lahat ng mamayan na magtanim ng kahoy bawat taon at gawing mabigat ang parusa sa pagsira ng kalikasan at kasabwat sa mga aktibidad na na ganito.pigilan ang re classification sa mga lupa na pang agrikultura na ginagawang subdivision.

  • Clean Energy Palawan

    What the DENR needs to do is approve more projects that create less carbon. The current policy of promoting coal-fired power plants will mitigate any trees DENR plants in the future.

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