Philippines: Illegal loggers demand green jobs or else!

Sierra Madre stakeholders yesterday called on the local and national
governments to wean residents away from illegal logging by providing
immediate alternative livelihood to protect the forest. “There is a
need for an immediate job replacement for illegal loggers who will
lose their livelihood,” Jose Maria Lorenzo P. Tan, vice-chairman of
the World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines, said during the
stakeholders meeting with the Environment department. Mr. Tan said
there is an estimated 3,000 illegal loggers in Isabela province alone.

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The 338-kilometer long Sierra Madre Mountain Range runs from Cagayan
Valley in Northeast Luzon down to Quezon province. It is one of the
country’s remaining heavily forested areas but is threatened by timber
poaching activities despite an existing log ban. Sierra Madre is home
to 400 wild animal species, of which 130-155 are endemic to the
country.

The Isabela provincial government has allotted P8 million for
the forest protection projects. The funds would come from the sale of
confiscated wood, Governor Grace M. Padaca told reporters on the
sidelines of the meeting. Furthermore, the Energy Development Corp.
has allotted more than P1 million for a 150-hectare nursery in
Isabela. “The nursery will be [filled with] species which are not
common. The most important part is that it will give immediate
livelihood to the people who have been displaced by my campaign on
illegal logging,” Ms. Padaca said.

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Comments (3)

growthy (D. Angersbach)February 5th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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job posterMarch 9th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

This is good! Let’s help Filipinos get a job!

JPNovember 30th, 2012 at 6:27 am

Illegal loggers should be tapped to rear tree seedlings which can then earn for them by selling it to various reforestation efforts by government and private entities. Everybody wins!

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