Piñol says protecting mountains key to sustainable farming
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that protecting the mountains can be the key to sustainable farming.
“People must realize that if the mountains are not protected, agriculture will fail. There will be less water, so much soil erosion and the ecological balance will be disturbed,” Piñol said.
“Many people misunderstood my advocacy to protect Zamboanga Peninsula’s Salug Mountain Range from the logging operations of a huge company owned by one of the richest families in the country as uncalled intrusion into the domain of another department. I meant no offense and had no intention of stepping into areas outside of my department but people have to understand that without forests, there will be no agriculture to speak of,” he further said.
Piñol shared that when he was Governor of North Cotabato, he actually led the call in the Philippines for the protection of the forests and save the mountains of the world, along with environmentalist John Ryan Largo.
It is, according to him, because of his belief that the forests that we have today are not really ours and that they belong to the next generation of Filipinos.
“We are just here to make sure that they are protected for the children of tomorrow,” he further said.