DA blames Consunji-led company for flash floods
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he found cause to support reports that Sodaco Development Corp., reportedly owned by the Consunji family, is involved in large-scale logging operations in the mountains of Zamboanga Peninsula and may account for the flash floods in the area that followed after Typhoon Vinta hit Northern Mindanao.
“There were patches planted to Oil Palm which I believe is being used as an excuse to justify the clearing of the forests under an Integrated Social Forestry license granted to the company in 2006,” the official said in a Facebook post over the weekend.
“From the air, however, it was evident that logging roads were being constructed leading to the dense forests not to plant Oil Palm but primarily to cut down trees.”
The official said he will raise the concern to to President Rodrigo Duterte.
“I believe that if this is not addressed, the people of the coastal towns of Zamboanga del Norte will suffer worse tragedies in the future,” he added.