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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Oct 15, 2019

PNNI para-enforcers return to the forests of Calasaguen, Brooke's Point to monitor the area where they were able to catch a chainsaw last year, clearing forests for a plantation. To their surprise, the area is still being cleared this time for charcoal-making and then plantations for coffee, cacao, and other fruit bearing trees. The area is inside Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape and was previously reported by PNNI to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) a year ago. The report has gone unattended obviously and raises doubt on how PCSD can spend lavishly for its upcoming anniversary when logging is rampant with no PCSD personnel in the forests.

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Oct 08, 2019

NOT ONE BUT TWO chainsaws were confiscated by PNNI para-enforcers in the forests on Bgy. Maasin, Quezon, Palawan. The area is inside the Victoria-Anepahan Mountain Range or VAMR area that the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development is currently studying for research and holding extensive networking meetings on how to best protect and conserve. PNNI has continually reminded PCSD that the solution is an enforcement program and not meetings and research that do little to address actual logging in the area. This operation was reportedly a kilometer away from a rubber plantation that used to be forests, converted allegedly for expansion. The rise of plantations can be attributed to a wrongful Co-Mgt MOA by the DENR with the governor. It is now the product of an INRMP management plan of PCSD that promotes plantations.

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Oct 02, 2019

A petition from the Molbog indigenous peoples of Balabac reached PNNI regarding the land grabbing activities of Governor Alvarez in Barangays Ramos and Catagupan, Balabac, Palawan. The tribal people allege that the governor is involved in the buying and selling of their ancestral lands for real estate ventures and airport development. Palawan's poor are slowly feeling the effects of the previous vote-buying activities of the governor. No Division. No Dynasty!

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Sep 29, 2019

Berong Nickel Corporation had been suspended since June 2016 for negligently dumping laterite in the rivers and sea of Quezon, Palawan. Found to have inadequate and incorrect siltation ponds then, BNC sudddenly operates under the radar without any notice to civil society and PNNI who sits at the MMT and MRFC monitoring the mining company. It turns out that as early as November 2018, the Mines & Geosciences Board stealthily lifted the suspension without giving notice nor copies of the lifting to PNNI. The same was only discovered by PNNI last month. Why has BNC been allowed to operate when it already has numerous NOVs (notice of violations). But perhaps the bigger question is why was it allowed to operate in the first place when anyone can see just by looking at the drone shot, that the area is in old growth forests.

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Update posted by Bobby Chan On Sep 26, 2019
PNNI para-enforcers were able to confiscate a notorious chainsaw from illegal loggers in Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan. The logging situation has escalated due to the demand for hardwood in construction of tourist cottages and resort facilities. The same is the result of a wrong direction of development at the expense of forest resources. DENR entered into a Co-management MOA with the Governor over 700,000 hectares of forests paving the way for unhampered logging in Palawan's remaining forests, for an industry that does not cater to the poor of the Last Frontier.
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