[In the news] Greener on the other side: Deforestation in the wake of Martial Law -GMANews.com

Greener on the other side: Deforestation in the wake of Martial Law
by Shaira Panela,  GMA NEWS

September 21, 2012

Philippine forests were lush before Pres. Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law on Sept. 21, 1972.

Forty years after, Philippine forests are still under repair from denudation caused by massive deforestation that started in the Marcos regime:

(See graph @ http://www.gmanetwork.com)
Forest cover is improving, but it still has a long way to go.
Source: Forest Management Bureau

“Alam mo, at that time (1960s to 1974), ang forest cover natin ay even more than 50 percent. Akala natin yung forest resources natin hindi mauubos e…,” said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources‘ Forest Management Bureau (FMB) director Ricardo Calderon in an interview with GMA News Online.

But the country saw rapid deforestation after Martial Law as Marcos changed the rules on logging leases, from one year to 10-year and even 25-year terms, according to the book “The Political Economy of Growth and Impoverishment in the Marcos Era” by James K. Boyce.

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