DINALUPIHAN, Bataan - Barangay Roosevelt here vowed yesterday to protect Sitio Choa against illegal logging and charcoal-making as part of their contribution to the government's green environment program.
The more than 200-strong family of the Roosevelt Environmental Livelihood Employment Skills Association (RELESA) led by its president Diosdado Arreza, Jr., and the Good Samaritan Neighborhood Association, assured yesterday that they will not allow any illegal poaching in their areas and vowed to preserve the protected area after being given the chance to have an electricity.
RELESA's action came amid allegations that there were cases of illegal logging and charcoal-making, making parts of the area prone to landslide during rainy season.
After years of waiting in the dark, residents of Sitio Choa in Barangay Roosevelt, got a relief after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Peninsula Electric Cooperative (PENELCO) approved the electrification of their area.
The electrification of Sitio Choa, with over 200 families living in the area, came after Gov. Enrique "Tet" Garcia, recommended to Environment Director Maximo O. Dichoso and Engr. Loreto Marcelino, PENELCO general manager, the immediate electrification of the area that did not have electricity for a long time.
Dichoso and Marcelino approved Garcia's recommendation and moved to install the electricity. In their resolution No. 2, Series of 2013, the DENR, through the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), headed by Dichoso said that since the request was made by Garcia, and had been discussed and deliberated "the Board sees the need to grant the request for humanitarian reason."