Log Ban Set for Negros Occ.'s 3rd District

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No more logging in Negros Occidental’s third district. This, after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed into law Tuesday a bill imposing a logging ban in the district's three cities – Silay, Talisay and Victorias and two municipalities, Enrique Magalona and Murcia. The district is north of Bacolod, the provincial capital.In ceremonies held at Malacañang Palace’s Reception hall, the Chief Executive signed Republic Act No. 3680, effectively scrapping logging activities in the area and protecting Northern Negros Natural Park’s remaining forest cover, which serves as Negros Occidental’s major watershed area where rare flora and fauna species can be found.The Lower House presented HB 3680 to President Arroyo last Oct. 6 for approval.Also known as “An Act Imposing a Logging Ban in the Third District of the Province of Negros Occidental,” House Bill 3680, which was authored by Rep. Jose Carlos Lacson, seeks to prohibit the cutting down of trees for commercial purposes. …