The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are joining forces to crack down on illegal logging and illegal quarrying as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte in the wake of massive flooding in Cagayan and Isabela.
DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the National Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force created under Executive Order No. 23 will be called to a meeting by the DENR to implement new strategies to protect remaining forest cover and protect threatened habitats across the country.
“The DILG commits to mobilize the LGUs (local government units), the PNP (Philippine National Police), BFP (Bureau of Fire Protection), and BJMP (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology) to meet the goal of the NGP (National Greening Program) to rehabilitate the unproductive, denuded, and degraded forest lands of the country by engaging local communities in the DENR’s reforestation program,” he said.
The task force will also involve the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
He said both DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año and DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu have agreed to mobilize all resources to stop the further destruction of remaining forest resources.
Malaya said that the DILG also committed to support NGP of the DENR that covers the rehabilitation of around 1.2 million hectares of denuded forest lands by 2022. SOVEREIGNPH