3 villages support plan to cut trees-A A +A
Saturday, October 12, 2013
THREE barangays endorsed the removal of trees growing along an ongoing road widening project from Naga City to Carcar City, a government official said.
Eddie Llamedo, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 spokesperson, told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday three barangays approved their endorsements last Oct. 2.
The DENR 7 has also declared seven acacia trees growing along the road widening project as “highly critical and dangerous to the public.”
The barangay councils of Inoburan, Tinaan and Langtad in Naga City had approved resolutions stating their support for the cutting of trees to give way to the ongoing road widening project.
They also provided certifications that they read and understood the ongoing road widening project’s purpose and that they are aware of its impact.
Based on their resolutions, the three barangays stated they have approved the removal and earth-balling of some trees growing within their jurisdictions.
They said they also conducted public consultation, adding that their constituents have not objected to the removal of trees in their areas.
They added that there are no outstanding and anticipated issues from the different sectors within their barangay as far as the road widening project is concerned.
The endorsement from the three barangays is one of the conditions stated in the Special Tree Cutting Permit (STCP) issued to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the main project coordinator.
Llamedo revealed that the DPWH 7 has also acquired an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) last April just for the removal of trees within the project site.
Llamedo also found out that seven century-old acacia trees growing along the road widening project are considered potential hazards because these are in advanced stages of decay.
During an inspection, the DENR Forest Management Bureau found out that the seven acacia trees no longer have the capability to conduct carbon sequestration due to their advanced age.
But Llamedo clarified that DPWH 7 must first comply with all the conditions stated within its STCP, before the agency could start cutting.
One of the conditions stated in the STCP is that DPWH 7 must plant about 13,800 indigenous or native seedlings and maintain them for three years, ensuring an 80 percent survival rate.
On Monday next week, DPWH and DENR 7 will meet at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Cebu City to discuss their plans for the immediate planting of replacement seedlings and earth-balling activities.
Planting of seedlings and earth-balling operations must be conducted before the trees can be cut, Llamedo said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 12, 2013.