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08 January 2016

SBMA forest rangers stop hauling of logs in Aeta ancestral land in Bataan

Forest rangers of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), most of them Aeta natives, have stopped eight big dump trucks from hauling logs cut from their ancestral land in Hermosa town in Bataan province.

“There is no permit, that is why we did not allow them,” said Ricky Manalansan, 31, an Aeta forest ranger.

Manalansan said that five dump trucks loaded with cut trees were already impounded at the SBMA Law Enforcement Department while they are still guarding three other trucks loaded with eucalyptus, cupang and other tree species at the Pastulan village.

A big trunk of cut lawaan tree and left-over of other tree species were seen in clearings adjacent to the access road that reportedly used to be a bike trail to Pastulan village.

Pastulan, an Aeta village, is under Hermosa but became part of the former American naval base that is now the SBMA.

About 2/3 of the total area of SBMA belongs to Bataan, particularly Hermosa and Morong towns.(PNA via

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Rowena Boquiren said...

The issue is not clear -- 1. SBMA forest rangers stop hauling because there was no permit for tree cutting? hauling? 2. Do Aetas allow such tree cutting and hauling in their ancestral land? And for what development project (solar power facility?) If there was FPIC, what was the coverage and how are benefits shared? News like this are best clarified. Can the questions be referred to the source? The role of DENR, SBMA, NCIP, and private corporation will please be made known to the public. Thanks.

RhonB_SBFZ said...

@Rowena Boquiren - The trees were cut by virtue of a DENR permit issued to Jobin/EPI for the solar power facility they are to construct as part of their agreement with the Aetas of Pastolan. The SBMA is now negotiating with the DENR as to the custody of these logs. The SBMA's stand is that these logs are to be turned over to the Aetas as these trees are on their ancestral land. If the DENR takes hold of these logs, they will eventually just going to donate these elsewhere. The negotiations will also clarify the role of DENR, SBMA, NCIP and Jobin during the construction phase of the project. For more info, please refer to this article.

Rowena Boquiren said...

No comment about having gone through FPIC process?

RhonB_SBFZ said...

There is an existing JMA between the SBMA and the Aetas of Pastolan which was closely supervised by the NCIP. The FPIC is embodied in the JMA. I am not exactly privy to the JMA as it has been handled by the SBMA's community and public relations office. You can also refer to this post:

RhonB_SBFZ said...

You can also refer to this post:

Or backtrack to posts under the tag Subic Bay Aetas

RhonB_SBFZ said...

Here's the latest update on this issue from the Inquirer:

DENR takes custody of logs cut from wind farm site