Piñol reminds critical role of forests
Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol lamented the lack of understanding between the delicate relationship between the lush forests,water and human life, among Filipinos.
“The scariest nightmare we have now is the fact that many of us seemingly are not alarmed by this impending catastrophe that could befall on this country,” the official said in a Facebook post, adding that people in authority tend to cave in to bribes at the cost of issuing permits to firms that intend to discard and replace forests for their businesses.
“[A]nd worse, bureaucratic red tape and corruption are dampening the enthusiasm of farmers to plant trees,” Piñol said.
As such, the official seeks to come up with an accurate ‘assessment’ of the country’s critical environmental situation which President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to address.