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Hundreds of Oro trees cut without permission, bares Clenro

Mindanao Gold Star Daily
Nitz Arancon
April 12, 2014

HUNDREDS of trees have been cut in Dansolihon without the government’s permission.

The City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (Clenro) revealed this after it seized a truckload of Falcata logs in Carmen on Thursday night.

Edwin Dael, city hall’s Clenro chief, said there were at least 30 truckloads of logs still on the ground in Dansolihon.

Authorities stopped the truck with license plates MBU-753, owned by one Elena Pantao, after it moved on the overpass in Barangay Carmen.

Dael said the truck was loaded with 439 logs.

While the government allows Falcata logs, Dael said the operation was still illegal because these were logged within a protected area in Dansolihon.

Dael said the logs were consigned to a company called REM Import/Export Enterprises based in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

He said the attempt to sneak the logs into the city raised serious questions that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) needs to answer.

Dael said the DENR should explain why the truck managed to pass its checkpoint in Barangay Lumbia.

“The documents are questionable. The papers show that the logs came from Talakag, Bukidnon, and that the truck supposedly left the town in April 8. And yet it reached Cagayan de Oro, April 10. This is puzzling and raises suspicions,” Dael said.

The Clenro seized the logs and impounded the truck at the City Engineer’s Office in Barangay Kauswagan.

Phl seeks compensation for destroyed coral reefs

Philippine Star
May 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – The government is seeking compensation of not less than P42 million ($0.97 million) from a Panama-registered cargo tanker that destroyed a coral reef area in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao, a senior government official said today.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje said that damages inflicted on the Bakud (Takut) Reef in Kiamba, Sarangani by MV Double Prosperity on May 8 should include not only the cost of the damaged coral area, but the total worth of marine services that have been lost.

“We estimate that the damaged cost in Bakud Reef could run up to P42 million. But this amount is like giving a slap on the wrist on the ship’s owners as the value in marine services that was lost as a consequence of the accident is invaluable,” he said.

The 225-meter Panama-registered cargo tanker, loaded with 65, 900 metric tons of coal, was heading for India from Australia when it plowed through a portion of Bakud Reef, which is within the 215, 950-hectare Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS), a declared protected area.

Authorities have estimated that a hectare of coral reef has an annual average value of 130,000 dollars in terms of services to people.

Could Mantique Island be a heritage on a borrowed time?

Ped T. Quaimjot
BusinessWeek Mindanao

SITUATED at the western side of mainland Camiguin Province, Mantique is one of the many coral islands that comprise the beauty of the Philippines as islands paradise.

Mantique Island is formed by corals and shapes by the wave pattern of the Mindanao Sea. It is accessible under a regulated trip of bancas and outriggers from the Port of Benoni or from the Municipality of Mahinog.

In the year 2004, it has been declared by the Provincial Government of Camiguin and the DENR as a protected area and a sea turtle sanctuary.

It is a no man’s land that resulted to the relocation of some 40 family settlers mostly fishermen who have illegally settled in the island for years. Families have been resettled to the mainland. Others have gone back to the coastal towns of Misamis Oriental and many more traced their roots to the Province of Bohol.

Of course the bold initiative of Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo is not without government assistance to rebuild the lives of the fishermen settlers. Saving and preserving the environment has its own cost. Left alone with local government funds cannot be done. It needs partner from foreign donors like the government of New Zealand.

Mantique is just like the many islands and islets in the Philippines that must be preserved from the pressure of today’s lifestyle. Small islands with limited resources that rely on nature to survive are temporal relief from the things that distract us. The healing power of sea water, the rhythm of the waves washed ashore transforms a Zen of vigor and renewal.

Mantique Island is a perfect landscape for photography. It is strategically position that both sunrise and sunset can be captured during a daylong visit. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but memories when you are in photo safari to the island.

But could the preservation effort be sustainable? Are plans noble and truthful that the island will not be sold to international resort investors? Calamitan Islands in Palawan is a diving ground until it was sold to the Singapore based Banyan Tree Resort where a huge hotel and resort structure is now built and will open in 2012. How many more of our islands will be exploited and turned into another Boracay?

The color of money is irresistible and our search for investors and greed tops our priorities over the environment. Development of Mantique Island into a resort is not allowed according to the Provincial Administrator when interviewed over the phone. It is to be preserved as an eco-system.

The Inconvenient Truth lectures of former US Vice President Albert Gore on climate change reminds us on the importance of Mantique Island as a barrier for rising sea water that may affect the mainland Camiguin in the years to come.

How it can withstand the strong waves from the western approach of Mindanao Sea and serve as back stopped to reduce its ferocious strength?
The significant of the flora and fauna in the island left untouched are our living witness to a heritage of the future.

Computerization to eradicate persistent problem of fake land titles

The Philippine Star
By Rainier Allan Ronda
November 2, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The full computerization of the country’s land registration system under the ongoing Land Titling Computerization Project (LTCP) of the Land Registration Authority (LRA) is expected to finally solve the problem of fake land titles.

This was the consensus of stakeholders from the land and property industry, including banks, that gathered in a Land Registration Summit conducted to tackle the persistent problem of the proliferation of fake titles and to press the call for a faster, more efficient, and secure land registration process.

Carrying the theme “Challenges in Transition: Technology and Re-engineered Business Processes”, the summit was held to initiate cooperation among various interest groups such as banking industry, realtors’ associations, the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG, the LRA and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and to provide a venue for all concerned to raise and settle legitimate issues.

Keynoting the summit was LRA administrator Eulalio Diaz III who said the conference
was vital in their bid to get industry support for the LTCP.

Diaz said the summit was a perfect example of public-private partnership.

The LRA chief said representatives from various sectors should regularly meet to make sure that the industry can give the necessary support and monitoring.

Diaz also revealed that the computerization of the LRA was within schedule and that most of the woes plaguing the land registration process would soon be eradicated.

During the summit, LRA deputy administrator Ofelia Abueg-Sta. Maria also outlined the present and the future of the LRA, highlighting the gains made with the computerization of the land agency.

Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, who was the summit guest of honor, called for the speedy completion of the LCTP to curb fake and spurious titling. Gracing the affair was DENR Secretary Ramon Paje who gave a message on the need of the LRA to automate.