Issue of January 14, 2018

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DENR orders probe on all forest management licenses
by DENR–CAR Release

Environment and Natural Resources Sec. Roy Cimatu ordered a review of all the 104 companies that were granted integrated forest management agreements (IFMAs) with the DENR to prevent any recurrence of the environmental degradation similar to flashfloods and mudslides that occurred in Zamboanga Peninsula last December.

Under the IFMA, companies are allowed to establish industrial tree plantations in the area but are restricted to cut residual trees unless authorized by the DENR Secretary.

Cimatu especially cited the need for compliance and performance evaluation of the IFMA sites, which included Dacon Group of Companies, which was ordered to stop the operations of its two companies; the South Davao Development Co. Inc, (Sodaco); and the Sirawai Plywood and Lumber Corp. (SPLC) in Sibuco.

The DENR’s order came after President Duterte blamed these companies for the flashfloods and mudslides that killed dozens of people in Zamboanga del Norte at the height of Typhoon Vinta.

Cimatu said while several companies have stopped operating, there are reports of illegal poaching in these IFMA sites.

“We will make them (the IFMA holders) accountable if we find that there were violations in what are supposed to be their obligation to help manage the forest, and not to be the culprit behind such environmental degradation,” Cimatu said.

 Of the 104 IFMAs across the country, the DENR said 40 were in Luzon, 13 in Visayas, and 51 in Mindanao. It was also gathered that the 10 IFMAs were issued in Region IX where the flashfloods occurred.

Cimatu gave the 12-member DENR probe team until Jan. 12 to complete its investigation of the Dacon areas that were cited as deforested portion of the Zamboanga mountain range, which was shown to President Duterte.

According to initial reports from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Zamboanga, the frontline unit of DENR, the video of the deforested portion was believed to be the site preparation of Sodaco, one of the two firms suspended.

Under the IFMA, the Dacon companies were allowed to establish industrial tree plantations in the area, but restricted to cut residual trees unless authorized by the DENR Secretary.

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