Full Implementation of Forest Laws Urged

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BUTUAN CITY – Agusan del Sur Rep. Rodolfo Plaza Sunday asked the national government, particularly the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), to strictly impose forest laws, rules and regulations to address environmental abuse to avert more catastrophic disasters that already claimed several lives and damaged billions of pesos worth of properties.The solon blamed the neglect for the death of innocent civilians and destruction of billions of pesos of crops and properties caused by natural and man-made disasters.“Now is the time to act together, especially the national government, particularly the DENR to honestly impose their mandate. This is their (DENR) obligation and they are answerable to our innocent people who lost their lives,” stressed Plaza. “Even though the DENR is already doing its best in enforcing environment preservation and forest protection, it must redouble its effort in putting an end to the cutting of trees and instead continue the reforestation and tree planting activities at various forest lands, watershed and denuded areas,” he added.Agusan del Sur is known as the remaining “timber province” of the south. …