During 19, the company held a Timber License Agreement (TLA), covering 2,762ha, which after expiry was applied to be converted into an Integrated Forestry Management Agreement (IFMA).VTC’s logging activities are located on ancestral lands of the Mamanwa-Minobo tribes, represented by the Kahugpongan sa Tribong Manobo Mamanwa (KATRIMMA) organization, who fears irreversible loss of livelihoods and negative impacts on their lives and culture [3].

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A Minda News report says that, the peace implementing panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Wednesday agreed on a target date for the launching of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) even as the 21 members of the body that will draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) have yet to be officially named.

The panels met yesterday at the Kanato Hall of the Royal Mandaya Hotel to discuss several ways forward in the implementation phase.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and NCIP were further alleged to have manipulated the MOA, since it would not have been valid without proper signature of notary public.

Based on the MOA, an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) was issued, on which basis VTC started its operation.

Moreover, auxiliary logging rights associated to mining concessions were exempted from the ban [11], turning mining permits into strategic targets for companies, not only to exploit mineral resources but also timber stocks.(See less)According to documents published by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Ventura Timber Corporation (VTC) holds an Integrated Forestry Management Agreement (IFMA) IFMA No.-02-2010.

One part of the concessions is located in Surigao del Sur, in Madrid, Lanuza and Cortes Municipality, covering 4,591ha; the other part is located in Agusan del Norte, Jabonga municipality, covering 2,772ha.

Between expiry of VTC’s TLA in 2008 and granting of the new IFMA in 2010, the company was reported to have continued illegal logging in the area [5].

In 2008, the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) confiscated 1,544.77 cubic meters of logged trees, illegally cut from areas outside their mining concession, granted in 1995 [2].

Irene Santiago, Chair of the GPH Peace Implementing Panel said they are eyeing the last weekend of February for the launch and oath-taking in Davao City of the 21-member BTC.

President Duterte, who was mayor of this city for 22 years, comes home every weekend, the Minda News report also said.

On February 1, 2011, following the impacts of countrywide devastating floods during 2010 related to deforestation, the government imposed an indefinite nationwide logging ban.