The natural disasters brought by typhoons in the country during the past few years are constant reminders of the abuse inflicted on Mother Nature. The issue of illegal mining and illegal logging is a long standing problem that the government can’t seem to solve. There are already existing laws to regulate logging and mining activities in the country as well as natural forests preservation laws. However, it seems that the problem lies within its implementation.
The Aquino administration issued Executive Order No. 23 which declared an indefinite nationwide log ban a year ago. But recent landslide and flooding tragedies has shown that logging activities still continue in the country. DENR Secretary Ramon Paje identified illegal logging as a major factor in the catastrophe that happened in Compostela Valley. Some local officials admitted that there are logging operations that they could not control in their area because of the presence of armed groups and insurgents in the region.
Finding a solution for this problem is not as simple as shopping at ovisonline for drawer slides. The cooperation of residents, strong political will of local officials to enforce the law, and military support for its enforcement is needed to fully implement total log ban in these regions.