by Fernan A. Gianan
are some aspects of the recently issued DENR guidelines on the recovery
and disposition of abandoned logs, drifted logs, sunken logs, uprooted and
fire/typhoon damaged trees, tree stumps, tops and branches, that are not
applicable particularly in the light of our province's experience.
the last supertyphoon, thousands of drifted logs clogged the Cabugao bay
as well as parts of Bato river. According to the new guidelines, the
finder of the wood materials has first priority, ahead of the National
Resources Development Corporation (NRDC) and the local government units.
is not easy to imagine that the finder would have a hard time maintaining
his stake on the floating lumber, as others would erase his name and etch
theirs as soon as the finder leaves to apply for the Wood Recovery Permit.
In San Vicente, Virac last 1998, a piece of timber stranded on the beach
sported as many as six names chiseled on it.
guidelines also specify that the CENRO, upon learning of the existence of
such materials, shall conduct a 100% inventory of the lumber, which shall
be chronologically numbered, photographed and indicated in a sketch map.
It would be hard for them to number logs floating in the open sea, much
less draw a sketch map of them as they are constantly pushed around by
waves. Nor would an approximate measurement of volume be possible, if
foresters don't have the heart to jump from rolling log to rolling log.
There is also the matter of paying the forest charges. A man whose house has been blown down would not even think of paying the government for the right to secure lumber materials, freely floating at sea, when the government takes its own time in giving assistance on relief and rehabilitation efforts.
We have good laws, but there are laws, like these DENR guidelines, that should have been given more thought and inputs from the field before they were implemented.
Under subcontract with the M. Alberto Construction with Engr. Jessie Alberto as project manager, the cell site's structural component is nearing completion. Last week, main contractor Nokia sent its systems engineer, Jonathan Rodriguez of Cabugao, Bato, and commissioning engineer Jorgen Lindgren, to initialize the operation of the so-called Base Station Transceiver(BTS).
The BTS, Rodriguez disclosed, would be capable of handling 60 cellphone calls at the same time. He said the cell site, which is part of Globe's expansion program, would cost anywhere from P28 to P30 million once operational.
Local texting addicts are expected to multiply like flies in the first quarter of 2001. This columnist dreams to own one, although current financial difficulties due to recent housing expenses deter its realization.
It would be better to wait until Digital Telecommunications (Digitel) launches its cellphone and Short Messaging System (SMS) by October of next year. As the landline communications here is run by Digitel, it would be more economical for the caller if his cellphone would be Digitel's, not Smart or Nokia.
The other week, Piltel reportedly activated its long dormant Mobiline cellsite. Some gratified users switched on their dusty phones, including the ugly bagphones distributed by Rep. Jun Verceles through the much-ballyhooed Telepono sa Barangay, and got a signal. But only for a while. As of presstime, the Motorola Startac this columnist borrowed sported a "red" blinker, meaning Mobiline is out again. Perhaps, NTC Commissioner Joseph Santiago should personally take it upon himself to ensure that Mobiline upgrades its Virac equipment so it can accommodate text messages and be operational daily.
The next Sunday, as the plate was being passed, he said... "Brothers and Sisters, I don't like to have to do this, but there is a man in the congregation who is having an affair with another parishioner's wife, and if there is not at least five dollars in the collection, I will reveal his name."
Later, as he counted the money, he found 20 five dollar bills, and two dollar bills with a note that read: "Forever hold your peace; I'll have that other three dollars before sundown."