By Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao
The local government of Butuan City has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with several government agencies to intensify campaign to stop illegal logging activities.
Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. signed the MOU with the different participating line agencies represented by its regional directors for Oplan Logging: Likas, Lunas, Lakas on August 23 at the Indigay Hall of Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort.
The regional offices are Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), along with the National Anti-Poverty Commision – Butuan and the Department of Education – Butuan City Division.
The MOA also involved the development and implemenation of a continuous solution to address the issue on displaced timber workers and their affected families. The tagging for the actual number of families affected is still ongoing and will be completed on September 15.
Mayor Amante added that DBM Sec. Butch Abad already committed to fund the scholarship of 2,000 students from the affected families. The tagging for the actual number of families affected is still ongoing and will be completed on September 15. (PIA-Caraga)