Benguet official calls for vigilance

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


TUBA, Benguet -- Board Member Robert Namoro is asking for vigilance in the province.

Namoro made the reaction in the heels of the cutting of hundreds of trees in Mt. Sto. Tomas, which allegedly involves Baguio Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr.

"I am urging all government agencies to be vigilant, 'wag 'yung kapag tapos na ang sakuna, tsaka lang mag react," the board member said.

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Namoro is calling all agencies to take a serious look at their mandates and responsibilities stressing the responsibility of all to report any irregular activities and act on it.

Namoro clarified he is not singling out any agency in particular but is calling on collectively the people of the province to be keen in observing their surroundings.

On the onset of the issue, Benguet Provincial Police Director Rodolfo Azurin admitted lapses between the police and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Azurin said the chief of police in the Tuba area reported the matter to the provincial police office as well as the DENR, but coordination of the two agencies saw lapses, explaining why the issue dragged.

Governor Nestor Fongwan also lamented the apparent snail paced action of the DENR over the now publicized Santo Tomas issue.

Fongwan said a complaint report was made to the DENR as early as April when trekkers in the area informed the governor of the road construction in the area.

Namoro said when an irregularity is seen, it is best to report it as soon as possible.

The board member relayed the provincial board has no intention of calling Aliping to shed light on the issue because they are anticipating he will not answer questions.

“Baka sabihin lang niya ay nasagot na niya sa affidavit niya lahat,” Namoro said.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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