P-Noy orders nationwide log ban

President Noynoy Aquino ordered a nationwide logging moratorium yesterday after heavy rainfall caused deaths last month, reports Inquirer.net. He signed Executive Order No. 23, which prohibits the issuance and renewal of logging agreements and tree cutting permits. To enforce the moratorium, he also ordered the establishment of an Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.

"Obligasyon nating alagaan ang ating kalikasan. Obligasyon nating matiyak ang kaligtasan ng ating mamamayan mula sa La Niña o sa El Niño o sa anumang sakuna," GMANews.tv quoted the President as saying. "Obligasyon nating unahin ang interes ng taumbayan bago ang laman ng bulsa ng mga naglalakihang kumpanya na nasa likod nitong pag-ubos sa kagubatan."

("It is our obligation to protect the environment and ensure the safety of our citizens against La Niña, El Niño and other calamities. We should prioritize the interest of the people instead of that of companies behind the deforestation in the country.")

For those who rely on wood for fuel and other purposes, Aquino said there is a National Greening Program that will provide "the means to plant and gather what can be used for fuel so there’d be no need to attack the natural forests." Inquirer.net quoted him: "We also asked the Department of Social Welfare and Development to identify the upland farmers who are part of the National Greening Program as primary beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer program."

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