Friday, May 2, 2008

All-Out War Against Illegal Logging

Philippine News Headline | Surigao City - The provincial government of Surigao del Norte headed by Governor Robert Ace S. Barbers has declared an all-out war against violators of the environment.

The provincial government is taking a vigorous stand in its efforts towards protecting and managing its environment and natural resources through the Advocacy for a Clean Environment and its Sustainability (ACES) Program.

Barbers utilized all law enforcement agencies such as Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) for the no non-sense drive against environment violators.

"We are dead-serious in enforcing environment laws, rules and regulations", stressed Barbers, in a meeting with the officials from different local and national line agencies here.

He said the provincial government is very much concerned in the environment preservation and forest protection and that they need the help of the officials in their undertakings.

Barbers called on all agencies of the government to "get involved" in the environment preservation. "This is our advocacy," he said.

The provincial chief executive specifically mentioned the resurrection of illegal logging, illegal mining and illegal fishing. "This has got to stop, and we need your cooperation," he emphasized.
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Surgical Strike Launched in Western Mindanao

Philippine News - Zamboanga City - The military's Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) launched Wednesday a "surgical strike" against the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorists and al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf bandits in the jungles of the nearby Sulu province, south of this city.

Joint Task Force Comet (JTFC) chief Brig. Gen. Juancho Sabban said the primary target of the offensive is to destroy the bomb-making facility located in the remote jungle of Sulu province.

Sabban said the intelligence-driven operation aimed to apprehend, neutralize, and bring to justice the remaining leaders and members of the Abu Sayaf bandits as well as the JI bombers that forged an alliance in the name of terrorism and violence.

Westmincom chief Lt. Gen. Nelson Allaga disclosed that there are at least 10 JI terrorists hiding in Sulu.

"The terrorists shall not be given a chance to regroup and to launch further terrorist attacks against our communities. Swift and decisive military move is most necessary," Sabban stressed.

He dismissed any possibility of collateral damage, saying that the area of operations is in the isolated jungle of the Sulu province.

The bandits are in seclusion because of the sustained military campaign and the lack of support from the Sulu people, he added.
-- Philippine News Agency
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Zamboanga City Lawmakers Get Extra Cash

Zamboanga City Councilmen of this city's 98 'barangays' will be receiving extra cash gifts, the amount of which is based on the savings of their respective villages.

Vice-Mayor Jose Manuel Dalipe Jr. said the City Council has authorized, through a resolution, the requests of several 'barangays' for authority to disburse funds as extra cash gift from their savings.

The resolution was unanimously approved by the City Council last Friday, its last session for the year.

Dalipe said officials of the villages of Pasonanca, Pasobolong, and Talon-Talon were among those who requested for the authority to release extra cash gifts for Barangay Council members.

He said villages that are already considered as independent local government units (LGUs) are entitled to allocate funds for the cash gifts and bonuses, depending on the availability of funds and savings. - Philippine News Agency

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