Forest land illegally sold in Negros Occidental – task force

November 24, 2013 12:01 AM

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Forest land illegally sold in Negros Occidental – task force

olice chief inspector Gabriel Gutierrez, Task Force Ilahas action officer, in his report to provincial environment and natural resources officer Valentin Talavero.

Almost 90% of the land area of Don Salvador Benedicto is located inside NNNP. In 2001, almost one million board feet of endemic trees, including almaciga, were cut down by poachers in the area.

The Bagong Silang Binhi Association reported to the Task Force Ilahas that a businessman, who claims to have bought the rights to occupy the area from residents residing at the park, has barred them for entering the area.

The BSBA is a people's organization contracted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Energy Development Corporation to reforest and protect the 700-hectare area in Brgy Bagong Silang, Don Salvador Benedicto.

Source: rappler.com

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