Pacific Timber Export Corp.
Verdant Agro-Forest Development Corp.
Inter-Pacific Forest Resources Corp.
Industries Development Corp.
RCC Timber Co., San Roque Sawmill Corp.
Benson Realty Development Corp.
Toplite Lumber Corp.
Green Circle Properties and Resources Inc.
"The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said the Office of the President and the DENR approved the logging operations of International Hardwood and Veneer Corp., Timberland Forest Products, Industries Development Corp., RCC Timber Co. and Top Lite Corp.
The government granted permits and concessions to these "logging giants" in the form of IFMAs between January 2001 and November 2002, Pamalakaya chair Fernando Hicap said in a statement.
The group said this was how the five firms got their permits:
In January 2001, the government allowed International Hardwood and Veneer Corp. to operate on 13,527 hectares of forest in Mauban town, Quezon.
On Nov. 12, 2002, the national government through the DENR approved the logging operation of Timberland Forest Products, covering 34,660 ha in General Nakar.
On Dec. 5, 2001, the President also approved the operations of Industries Development Corp. and RCC Timber Co. in Aurora through the IFMA. The two companies were allowed 48,877 ha and 23,140 ha, respectively.
On July 9, 2002, the DENR approved the logging permit of Top Lite Corp., also in Aurora, which covered 8,630 ha. "While former Environment Secretary Elisea Gozun suspended the permit for quite some time, new Environment Secretary Michael Defensor overturned the decision and lifted the suspension two weeks ago," the group said."