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Philippine President enacts a Log ban by Executive order


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#1 John Henneman

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 05:12 PM

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Aquino issues EO 23 on indefinite log ban
By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) Updated February 04, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (4)

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino yesterday declared an indefinite log ban all over the country.

Aquino issued Executive Order 23 implementing the indefinite log ban and creating an Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force to be headed by Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje.Aquino authorized the release of P10 million as seed fund for the task force. The initial budget would be sourced from the Department of Budget and Management with additional funds to be cleared by the President.Aquino tasked Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine National Police chief Director General Raul Bacalzo and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Ricardo David to help the task force in implementing the indefinite log ban all over the country.

“The task force is mandated to take the lead in the anti-illegal logging campaign and ensure the implementation of this executive order under the supervision of the DENR. It shall also assist the DENR in the enforcement of other environmental laws,” the order read in part.The moratorium shall remain in effect “unless lifted after the effectivity of this EO.”EO 23, entitled “Declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the national and residual forests and creating the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force,” was issued in light of widespread flooding and landslides in Mindanao, Eastern Visayas and Bicol where scores of people have died and were displaced.The President earlier said illegal logging continues to be the main culprit of landslides in these areas that cause significant loss of life and damage to property.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 06:51 PM

It's a good thing. When I lived in the PI, the only old growth trees I saw around Clark AFB were on the base itself. All the mountains were bare of what was once rain forest. It was sad. I am not a "Green Freak", but logging should be stopped short of clearcutting.

Remember the lahar Pinatubo caused in and around Angeles City? It would have been much less severe with trees to hold the soil.


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#3 John Henneman

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:43 PM

It's a good thing. When I lived in the PI, the only old growth trees I saw around Clark AFB were on the base itself. All the mountains were bare of what was once rain forest. It was sad. I am not a "Green Freak", but logging should be stopped short of clearcutting.

Remember the lahar Pinatubo caused in and around Angeles City? It would have been much less severe with trees to hold the soil.


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Its a severe problem logging has gone nuts in Philippines .I hope the moratorium stays in effect a long time to truly grow forests back,

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:10 AM

Unfortunately, there is no free market solution to the problem of hardwood poaching.

Government protection or devastation are the two alternatives.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:50 AM

Unfortunately, there is no free market solution to the problem of hardwood poaching.

Government protection or devastation are the two alternatives.


Free markets depend on government protection from criminal activity of all kinds. Not sure why you would expect a "market" solution when they are inherently incapable of using force.
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#6 John Henneman

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:06 AM

Unfortunately, there is no free market solution to the problem of hardwood poaching.

Government protection or devastation are the two alternatives.


Like or not free market in logging and mining encouraged envirnoment problems. In the Philippines its a major problem so there needs to be a moratorium on logging and mining untill the envirnoment is restored. With a anti-plunder administration in Manila maybe things are finally turning around. When there are 20+ typhoons a year a country can not bend envirnoment rules without major devasation & flooding /landslides ect.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:08 AM

The Aquino Administration really wants hope change and transparency as they are walking not just talking!

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:46 AM

Not sure what this issue is about? They are banning "illegal poaching"? Is that not already a crime? It sounds as if the timber in question is owned by the government. Is this mostly a management problem and another example of the difficulty of securing the commons?

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:53 AM

Not sure what this issue is about? They are banning "illegal poaching"? Is that not already a crime? It sounds as if the timber in question is owned by the government. Is this mostly a management problem and another example of the difficulty of securing the commons?


many foreign companies have been breaking rules in taking down forest in Philippines.
Foreign Minning firms have not followed basic envirnoment laws causing a major ground water problem.Catholic Bishops have made Minning and Logging Moratoriums a major priority the Bishops are right on thi...my wife's home town is getting a Biomass plant because the Archbishop would not cave in his opposition to a coal plant.Brits are committed to the BIOmass plant so foreignersare not always on the wring side of positive progress!

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 11:27 PM

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By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) Updated February 05, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (11)

MANILA, Philippines - MalacaƱang announced yesterday that President Aquino has ordered Secretary Ramon Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to suspend all large-scale mining applications while the government reviews pending and inactive mining claims this year.“The instruction right now from his office is not to accept new applications of mining claims since January this year,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said, adding that there is now a ban on processing of mining claims.“We believe that we need to enforce properly the mining regulations and mining laws. So that is what the DENR is doing, and will continue to do, to strictly monitor and strictly implement the mining regulations,” he said.

Lacierda noted that upon assumption to office, Paje promised that “he will clean the process of the mining claims.”“There were 2,800 mining claims when he assumed office. Right now he has cancelled already 500 mining claims. He is also in the process of reviewing 500 more,” Lacierda added.Lacierda said this has been one of the programs of Aquino even when he was still a senator.The DENR has terminated more than 500 mining permits and applications that have remained inactive and incomplete in terms of requirements.Mines and Geosciences Bureau records show that there are 2,180 mining applications presently pending in various regional offices.Paje said the department’s regional offices have been given two deadlines – on Feb. 20 and December this year – to clear all pending and inactive mining applications for this year.He said the clearing of “aging” mining applications is in line with the department’s anti-corruption program.

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 03:44 PM

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THE government has canceled up to 500 inactive mining permits and suspended all large-scale mining applications until the end of the year while it reviews all pending and inactive claims, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said Friday.The announcement came on the heels of President Benigno Aquino III’s declaration of an indefinite logging ban nationwide earlier this week and the creation of an anti-illegal-logging task force led by Paje. Paje said Friday he had already ordered all the regional offices of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to stop accepting and processing new mining applications.
“We have more than 500 permits that were canceled irrespective of who signed them,” he said. We review[ed] [the] permits issued, and those which we have found to be infirm or incomplete in terms of requirements or non-compliance we have canceled.”



Records at the Mines and Geosciences Bureau show that there are now 2,180 mining tenement applications pending in the regional offices for an average of 10 years or more. Paje cited a financial and technical assistance agreement in northeast Mindanao that hac been idle for 16 years, and a mineral production agreement in southern Tagalog that hac been inactive for at least 15 years.The exploration contracts that have expired for five years or more and the mining contracts that have not implemented the three-year work program for two consecutive years are also subject to cancellation.Earlier this week, the President declared a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests nationwide to stop deforestation, which has been blamed for the floods and landslides that have claimed lives, displaced families, and damaged millions of pesos worth of property.Government figures show that the floods and landslides last year killed 36 people and injured 32 others, displaced 118,728 families, and damaged P142.31 million worth of property and infrastructure.

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 07:17 AM

OMG! My head spins reading about the unresolved mining permits and numerous bureau pontifications and church intrusions. Is there any wonder a motivated and honest businessman might not wish to produce much of anything in the Phillipines? Capital must go where it is respected.

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 07:35 AM

OMG! My head spins reading about the unresolved mining permits and numerous bureau pontifications and church intrusions. Is there any wonder a motivated and honest businessman might not wish to produce much of anything in the Phillipines? Capital must go where it is respected.


when over 50% of the landwater in my's wife province/town is unsafe for consumption I assure you there are some dishonest Businessmen in mining and logging.Logs and coal are a gift from God that must be treated with proper respect for the land and its people.Experiencing eight months in 2005 in Philippines From first hand knowledge I assure you the Archbishop of Iloilo is correct in his sincere concerns!
I am glad the town Mina is getting a green Bio/mass power plant and many jobs for a community that has suffered from too much polluted water and a 100 year flood thanks to illegal logging .

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 08:44 AM

Please see post #8.

#15 John Henneman

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 11:34 AM

Please see post #8.


They come in sign bindy contracts and then do what ever they want. The destruction the floods the lanslides the polluted water is not worth it!




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