- President Duterte ordered the DENR to suspend the operations of logging firms in Zamboanga Peninsula
- The President gave the order after he was shown images of denuded forests in the area
- The logging operations are being blamed for the recent massive flashfloods and mudslides that killed several people last December
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) suspended the operations of logging firms following a directive from President Rodrigo Duterte.
The firms allegedly contributed in making the area prone to landslides and floods.
According to Philstar, the President ordered the suspension of operations of logging concessions in Zamboanga Peninsula after he was shown photos of massive forest denudation, which is being blamed for the flash floods and mudslides that killed more than two dozen people last December.
“He (Pres. Duterte) was apprised of concerns of indigenous populations that they have been displaced by logging operations of some companies. And he also observed that it is widespread logging that is responsible for the flashfloods that Mindanao experienced only this month of December with two typhoons,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.
Dacon Group of Cos. operating through its subsidiaries, the South Davao Development Co. Inc. and the Sirawai Plywood and Lumber Corp. in Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte were ordered by the DENR to suspend their operations.