Atienza orders review of Aurora logging firm operations

(An old photo of a logging operation in Aurora)

This news from Tonette Orejas of inquirer.net reads like the DENR is on the side of the logging companies. Maybe it’s time to move to higher grounds.

Environment Secretary Lito Atienza ordered a review of the five-year operation plan of a logging company in northern Aurora on the heels of protests by residents and appeals by local officials, Environment Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi said on Wednesday.

“Yes we are reviewing,” Gerochi said, referring to the integrated annual operation plan of the Industries Development Corp. (IDC).

Atienza approved the renewal of IDC’s plan in June 2007, but Dinalungan Mayor Tito Tubigan and Fr. Ceferino Valenzuela of the Concerned Citizens of Dinalungan (CCD) said they learned about it only in early April.

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I wonder why the Aurora-based reporters are not covering this news.

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