LMP: Continue tree-cutting

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Saturday, August 30, 2014


The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu Chapter wants the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to cut trees along the southern Cebu highway.

In a press conference yesterday, league president and Tuburan Mayor Democrito Diamante bared the league's plan to pass a resolution for DENR to continue the road-widening in the south.

The league also plans to file a case in court to resume the road widening.

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"We can plant trees but we should not stop the development of a place," Diamante said.

He said that majority of the Cebu mayors under the LMP are in favor of removing the trees along the highway because these endanger the lives of the people who pass the area.

He said that if the tree-cutting will be stopped, so will the development of the area.

LMP-Cebu had its monthly assembly yesterday.

Diamante believes that most of the trees in the Cities of Naga and Carcar, and the Municipality of San Fernando are already too old.

Responders

"Karon kung matumba nang kahoya naay matumbahan, kinsa man ang first responders? Kami, kami mga local chief executives. Kami naa didto, kami ang motabang (What if the trees fall on someone, who are the first responders? It's the local chief executives. We are

there, so we respond first)," Diamante said.

“Are they going to help in emergency situations? No,” Diamante continued, referring to those who opposed the cutting of the trees sacrificing the development of the area.

In 2012, DENR issued a special permit to the Department of Public Works and Highways 7 to cut down 42 trees in southern Cebu.

Eight of these are old acacia trees.

The permit was issued for the road-widening project on the national highway of Naga, San Fernando and Carcar.

The permit was eventually suspended after environmentalists resisted the cutting of century-old trees

Acacia

The cutting of the trees along the highway was revived after two acacia trees felled last month.

It was again stopped following an order from Environment Secretary Ramon Paje directing all the DENR regional offices to return all applications for tree-cutting permits and environmental compliance certificates attached to the DPWH road-widening projects in the country.

Earlier, Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Garcia said he informed the mayors in the first, second and third districts about his proposal to file a petition for mandamus, which is a judicial remedy that mandates a government agency to perform a function required by law.

Garcia said that the trees should be cut to pave the way for the road widening project in the south.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 30, 2014.

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