Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) law enforcers recently apprehended eight dump trucks and seized around 50 logs cut from the Subic Freeport’s forested area ear-marked for the construction of a $200 M renewable energy facility.
SBMA Chairman Roberto V. Garcia said the logs are SBMA property and, therefore, should be the primary beneficiary.
LED said the trucking company used in the attempt to spirit-out the logs from the freeport failed to show a tansport permit.
However, Marife Castillo, Olongapo Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO), asked the SBMA to release the logs to DENR for safekeeping.
She said the cutting permit issued to the solar firm Jobin-SQM Inc. “indicated” that the DENR would have custody of the logs.
Garcia has agreed to release the logs on condition that the same will be returned to the freeport for the benefit of the Aetas.
Jobin-SQM Inc. is constructing a $200-million renewable energy facility in an 800-hectare lot within the Aeta ancestral domain that would produce 150 megawatts of combined solar and wind energy.