By Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
Two years after President Benigno Aquino III declared Sept. 26 every year as Save Sierra Madre Day, the longest mountain range in the country continues to face threats from illegal logging and even government projects, according to groups advocating the preservation of the Sierra Madre.
By Marc Jayson Cayabyab
The government was able to cover at least 7.52 million hectares of forested areas in 2013, but not enough to cover the 8.28 million hectares of denuded forest area that year, according to a presentation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) before lawmakers on Thursday.
A government anti-illegal logging task force has uncovered a wood-processing plant in Esperanza town, Agusan del Sur province, that has long been used as depository of “hot” logs transported and cut from nearby forested areas in the province.
By Chris V. Panganiban
A government anti-illegal logging task force has uncovered the existence of a wood processing plant in neighboring Esperanza town in Agusan del Sur, which has long been used as a depository of “hot” logs transported and cut from nearby forested areas of the province.
By Melvin Gascon
Illegal logging is taking its toll on the protected Palaui island in Santa Ana town in Cagayan province, environment officials confirmed on Saturday, following the discovery of about 10,000 board feet of felled hardwood trees deep in the island’s forests.