Sunday, 27 February 2011

Illegal logging prevention a priority in the Philippines

After seeing the devastation caused by floods and landslides in Albay, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in a recent intervention considered the possibility to impose a total log ban in six provinces to prevent further denudation of forests there. These provinces are Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Samar, Leyte, Surigao del Sur and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental.a total log ban nationwide.
For the President it will be important to drastically cut down the problem of illegal cutting of log as forests are among the first defences against floods and landslides.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has estimated the damage to property, infrastructure, and agriculture caused by floods and landslides in parts of Bicol, Visayas, and Mindanao at  P1.2 billion. In the Caraga Region alone, damages to government roads, bridges, schools, irrigation, agriculture due to landslides and flashfloods had already reached P300 million.

At least 42 people have died due to the floods and landslides. The number of displaced persons nationwide has reached 1,355,229, according to the NDRRMC's report to the president.

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