May 28, 2017: DENR begins retrieval of trees cut by Palawan mining firm
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) began retrieving thousands of trees in Brooke’s Point, Palawan that were “indiscriminately” cut by mining company Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC).
In a statement on Saturday, May 27, the DENR said a team of 34 forestry officers and workers from DENR-Mimaropa and the Palawan provincial government were deployed to Brooke’s Point to conduct an inventory of the thousands of old-growth and secondary trees that were cut.
The DENR said majority of these trees are reportedly premium native species, such as malabayabas, apitongbaboy, nato, and agoho. Most of the trees were slumped over meter-wide gullies or pits that are from the INC’s exploration activities.
The retrieval of the trees, which are now considered government property, would require the use of boom trucks and off-road, 10-wheeler trucks that have 4-wheel drive capacities, according to Brooke’s Point community environment and natural resources officer Conrado Corpuz.