DENR 7 warns vs ads on trees

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has issued an advisory against the nailing of campaign materials or advertisements on trees.

“This is to remind all election candidates that putting up of streamers and tarpaulins on trees, especially when using iron nails, could stress out and damage (their) health condition,” said DENR 7 Executive Director Dr. Isabelo Montejo.

In a press statement, he said the practice violates Section 3 of Republic Act 3571, which states that no cutting, destroying, or injuring of planted or growing trees, flowering plants and shrubs or plants of scenic value along public roads, in plazas, parks other than national parks, school premises or in any other public ground shall be permitted.

Presidential Decree 953 penalizes such violations with imprisonment for not less than six months and more than two years, or a fine of less than P500 and not more than P5,000, or both at the discretion of the court.

The directive aims to keep public places scenic and help preserve “a healthful climate.”

Montejo said nailing materials on a tree is harmful, as this draws harmful insects, fungi, and diseases.

The community and provincial environment and natural resources officers were directed to issue a notice to all advertisers to remove materials nailed to a tree.

Montejo said they will monitor the activities of “certain individuals and corporations” and those found committing violations would be asked to take down the advertising materials from the trees “or else appropriate actions will be made in accordance with the law.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 18, 2012.

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