MANILA, Jan. 17, 2010â€”Ranking Catholic Church officials on Monday supported the call for a total log ban in the country.
Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said non-stop cutting of trees has worsened the massive flooding and landslides that hit several areas in the country recently.
â€œThatâ€™s why we have to take care of our remaining resources and stop logging because nature can take revenge,â€ Rosales said over church-run Radio Veritas.
President Aquino on Friday said he is planning to enforce a total log ban nationwide after seeing the damage caused by floods and landslides in Southern Leyte, Albay, Caraga and Samar.
â€œThere must be a long-term intervention to all these flooding. Actually, Iâ€™m thinking of a total log ban everywhere in the country,â€ Aquino said.
Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos has welcomed Aquinoâ€™s plan to avoid further destruction of the environment.
â€œWe are very happy that itâ€™s (total log ban proposal) coming from the President himself and not from any person,â€ said Pueblos.
Pueblos also lauded an anti-illegal logging task force for seizing an estimated P210 million worth of illegal cut logs along Agusan del Sur River.
Last Jan.11, Task Force Pagbabago, a body organized by the Department of Natural Resources, confiscated at least 11,412 pieces of undocumented assorted logs found floating in the riverside towns San Luis, Loreto and Talocogon. (CBCPNews)