NGO backs proposed body to protect Neg Occ’s forest cover


BACOLOD CITY, May 24 (PNA) — A non-government organization commended the proposed multi-sectoral council that will preserve and develop the remaining forest cover of Negros Occidental.

Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement Area Manager Edwin Balajadia said the proposal promoting people’s participation in environment preservation and protection is a form of good governance.

“As convenor of the Negros Environment Watch and secretary of the Negros Coalition for Social Change, I appreciate and support this initiative,” Balajadia said.

Balajadia said the proposal of re-elected Gove. Alfredo Marañon Jr. must have an extensive consultation with various stakeholders, especially among the civic society organizations and environmental groups, to ensure its success.

Marañon’s proposal is currently hanging in the committee on environment of Sangguniang Panlalawigan for deliberation and approval.

If granted, the council will be headed by the governor with representatives from DILG, DENR, city government of Bacolod, PNP, AFP, Social Action Center, the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Inc. and the Balayan Foundation of the University of St. La Salle as members.

The governor is also working for the revival of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force, composed of DENR, DILG, AFP and PNP, to crackdown the operation of illegal logging in the province. (PNA)


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