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Philippines NGO exposes illegal cutting of mangroves in Quezon April 23,2012   |  Source: Tambuyog

The Philippines fisheries advocacy group Tambuyog Development Center has exposed a case of illegal cutting of mangroves which occurred recently in the town of Agdangan, Quezon Province.

In a statement, Arsenio Tanchuling, executive director of Tambuyog, said that about 100 mangrove trees, which were 60-100 years old, had been cut near the fishpond operated by ex-Mayor Legaspi of Agdangan.

The cutting of mangroves is illegal under both the Revised Forestry Code and the Fisheries Code.

Tanchuling bewailed the fact that this cutting of mangroves occurred at this time when the country and the whole world are already celebrating Earth Day on April 22 every year to foster environmental awareness and prevent harmful acts against the environment.

He further noted that this case contradict the recently launched national greening program of the government, which hopes to plant some 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016 in lands in the public domain.

Tanchuling also revealed that the ex-Mayor of Agdangan illegally operates at least 5 hectares of fishpond without a Fishpond Lease Agreement (FLA), since the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) had already recommended the cancellation of the FLA to the Department of Agriculture

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