While Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Andres
Untal said there are government officials from southern Negros Occidental and
Oriental who were alleged to be behind illegal logging in Hinoba-an town,
Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Cenro) Dr. Vilma Linates
said private financiers are also behind cutting of endangered tree species.
Dr. Linates, whose area covers the towns of Hinobaan and Cauayan, appealed to
the private sector to refrain from enticing people in the hinterlands, or those
referred to as indigenous people (IPs), to engage in illegal logging in the
wilderness of Barangay Damutan in Hinobaan or anywehre else.
These, following the discovery last week of 50- to 100-year old Lauan and
other tree species that were illegally cut in the remaining virgin forest in
IF THE LEADER LEADS BY EXAMPLE - the rest will surely follow. Talisay City
Mayor Eric Saratan led the blood letting activity at Barangay Zone 1 recently.*
(Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
The trees were reportedly left untouched by logging company Insular Lumber
Co. (ILCO) decades ago to serve as a wildlife habitat.
Some 500 cut pieces of endangered tree species like Red Lauan, estimated to
be about 1,000 cubic meters, were cut.