DENR-XI watches over Philippine Eagle nesting site in Davao City

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI (DENR-XI) said they will be constantly watching over the Mt Makibol-Alikoson Conservation Area (MMACA) in Marilog, Davao City which is an identified Philippine Eagle nesting site.

A part of the conservation forest became controversial when various petitioners spearheaded by environmentalist groups opposed the granting of a tree-cutting permit to a private landowner on 12.2-hectare property located inside the MMACA. The cutting would involve 121 full-grown trees of various species.

The cutting area was determined to be close to the nesting site of a Philippine Eagle.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte in a letter dated December 7 and addressed to DENR-XI declared the city government’s support to the move of the petitioners in opposing the granting of the tree-cutting permit in the area.

During an interview yesterday (Jan. 17) DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Bagani Fidel Evasco said the permit to cut issued to the landowner had already expired (Dec. 18) and they (DENR) had not renewed it. READ MORE

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