Gov’t eyes tree planting campaign, crackdown on illegal logging

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government announced its plan to lead a tree planting campaign next year as a response to the severe floods caused by recent typhoons.

Ang goal po nito ay makapagtanim tayo ng 200 million trees (The goal is for us to plant 200 million trees),” DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in press briefing.

Aside from tree planting, Año has also directed the Philippine National Police to lead the crackdown against illegal logging and illegal mining in areas severely-hit by the recent typhoons: Cagayan, Isabela, Bicol region, among others.

President Rodrigo Duterte previously put out an order to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to investigate the logging and mining activities in Cagayan Valley.

Cease-and-desist orders have already been issued against small-scale mining operations, according to authorities.

A total of ₱1.5 billion has been released to aid typhoon-hit local government units, Malaya said, following the declaration of a state of calamity in Luzon.