Ivory Charities Foundation lead by Rene Vargas in Butuan City is seeking for the bills protecting the Mt. Hilonghilong to be junk.
Senate Bill 2156 authored by Senator Pia Cayetano or known as Mt. Hilonghilong Range Protected Landscape Act covers to put in protection of the province highest mountain to mainatin its ecological and will works well to be a great source of water supply. This bill and another bill at the Congress are just to favors to the mining, quarry activities and logging.Once the bill passed and be implemented only those group without permit are banned but for big companies specific to the foreign companies who are engaged in mining has a great advantage.
The mountain which covers the Agusan del Norte and Butuan City is the nesting place of the hornbill, Philippine eagle, deer, monkeys and wild pig. The mountain has many endangered species and a strong protection , a barrier to the province for anu possible strong storms.
It was observed that several areas in the mountain has doing an illegal logging, quarry and mining. As it remembered that illegal logging has been the major cause why the Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City was washed out during the storm Sendong last year.