Forests and Logging

Canadian expert eyes entrepreneur boot camp for RP lumads

Ben Serrano, PIA -
Date of publication: 
22 February, 2010

Surigao City - Claiming it is the only means to achieve sustainable Community-Based Enterprise (CBE) for Indigenous People in the Philippines, Canada's University of Manitoba Research Fellow Mavis McRae recommends establishment of entrepreneur boot camp.

Alsons’ bioethanol project a threat to food security

Date of publication: 
29 January, 2010

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY —Alcantara and Sons Consolidated Resources, Inc.’s (Alsons) bioethanol plant project in the hinterland barangays here is a big threat to this city’s food security program.

This as the city land use plan (CLUP) for Year 2000 of Cagayan de Oro stated that land devoted to crop cultivation is only 22 percent or 4,529 hectares of the city’s total land area.

Cagayan de Oro only has 20,646 hectares of agricultural land left, the CLUP 2000 said.

Carl Cesar Rebuta, team leader of the Cagayan de Oro City office of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasam

SC rushes promulgation of rules for writ of kalikasan

Source: -
Date of publication: 
31 January, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) is now rushing the promulgation of the rules governing the issuance of the “writ of kalikasan,” which is expected to hasten the resolution of environmental cases.

Speaking before members of Philippine-Australian Alumni Association Inc.

Letter to DENR Secretary to Correct the Facts on the Gingoog Case

Ecology Care (ECO-CARE) and Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center –Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth-Philippines
Date of publication: 
25 January, 2009

Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro City (ACDO) Ecology Care (ECO-CARE) and Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center –Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth-Philippines
25 January 2009
DENR Secretary
DENR Compound, Visayas Ave., Diliman,
Quezon City
Dear sir:
Congratulation as the new DENR Secretary!
The Growing cry of the people of Gingoog City on the logging issue and the fear of any flashflood that would hit again in the village as the cutting of trees in the remaining forest of Gingoog and Claveria continued as of this writing.
This letter is a response

Philippine climate activists outraged at outcome of Copenhagen climate talks

Philippines Climate Watch Alliance Press Release
Date of publication: 
20 December, 2009

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (19 DECEMBER 2009)- Climate activists from the Philippines express their dismay and opposition to the non-binding Copenhagen Accord and the adoption made by the Philippine government for it in the recent concluded 15th Conference of Parties (COP 15) in Copenhagen.

“We saw it coming. Based on the earlier pronouncements of the US officials before the COP 15, the US and other rich industrial countries are working for a non-binding international climate agreement,” says Mr.

Fugitive tribal leader gets 'green award'

Jeffrey M. Tupas, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
19 December, 2009

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—-Deep in the forests of Talaingod in Davao del Norte, Ata-Manobo Datu Guibang Apoga, obviously through an assistant, could only send a text message to express how he and his people valued environment.

“For us, nature is like our mother and father who provide us with everything we need … life, food and other things essential for us to survive,” said the message in Bisaya. It was read by a representative who received the award on his behalf during the ceremony on Dec.

Lumad Cry for Justice for the Death of Anti-Logging Leader

Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC-KsK) Press Release
Date of publication: 
27 December, 2009

Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental – Early morning of December 24th, Alberto “Berting” Pinagawa, a Higaonon anti-logging leader hiked from his house in Sitio Muyo, Brgy. Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental together with his 13 year old nephew to Brgy. Eureka, Gingoog City to catch for a “habal-habal” ride in time for the family Christmas get-together in Brgy. Kalipayan, Gingoog City.

While in Sitio Papataon, Brgy. Eureka, assailants blocked his way and violently fired at least 20 shots of high a powered gun which shattered his body, abdomen and his right arm.

Ex-militiamen take villagers hostage in S. Philippines

Associated Press -
Date of publication: 
11 December, 2009

MANILA — Government-armed former militiamen accused of murder and banditry kidnapped more than 70 villagers and children Thursday from a southern Philippines village, demanding that charges be dropped against them before they would free the hostages.

The abductions raised fresh questions about the government’s long-standing policy of arming civilian volunteers to protect against insurgencies. The day before, 100 other militiamen in the south were added to the list of those accused of slaughtering civilians in the country’s worst political massacre.

12000 Signatures calling to cancel the “Legal Logging Permit” in Gingoog City

Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth (LRC-KsK/FoE) release
Date of publication: 
18 December, 2009

Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental – The insurmountable calamities and political tragedies which have battered our country has left our country in a dismal state. In the aftermath of the events of the floods Ondoy and Pepeng alone, thousands of Filipinos are left without homes and grieving over loved ones, whether they were actually lost or found. In the local scenario, the people of Misamis Oriental are no stranger to these calamities.

7 environment workers reported missing in Mindanao

Mindanao Examiner -
Date of publication: 
21 October, 2009

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines —- The Philippine military said it was verifying reports Wednesday that seven environment workers went missing in the hinterlands of Mindanao.
The seven are employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources who were manning a checkpoint in Butuan City in Agusan del Norte province.
“We have contacted two army battalions in the area to check on the reports, but so far we have not received anything about those reported missing in Butuan,” Major Michelle Anayron, a regional army spokesman, told the Mindanao Examiner.
The area is a known lair