DENR looks for missing trees

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Sunday, April 6, 2014


THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 conducted another inventory of trees along S. Osmeña Blvd. yesterday to determine how many are missing and how many are still there.

This, after it was reported that at least 79 trees, mostly fire trees, have disappeared since the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 started renovating the road.

The re-inventory was headed by DENR forester Filemon Embalzado Jr. DENR 7 spokesperson Eddie Llamedo said 66 trees remain standing on the road’s center island, from Pier 4 to Pier 6.

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The missing trees include acacia, duhat, ficus, iba, mango, narra, neem, talisay, yellow shower and fire trees.

The remaining trees include acacia, acacia maggium, acacia auri, duhat, ficus, fire tree, kamachile, narra, neem and talisay.

Llamedo said DENR has yet to locate where the missing trees have gone. “Those trees seen in sidewalks were just part of the branches, we are looking now for the tree itself,” Llamedo told Sun.Star Cebu.

DENR has already issued a cease and desist order to the on-going road concreting project to prevent DPWH and WT Construction, the contractor of the project, from earth-balling the remaining trees.

Violations

DPWH and the contractor violated conditions in their agreement over the
earth-balling of trees.

Llamedo said DENR allowed the earth-balling of the trees only if these will be transferred to designated places.

In the case of S. Osmeña, DENR has allowed the trees to be transplanted in Mahiga Creek, Barangay Lorega and in the San Pedro Calungsod Shrine.

Llamedo said they have been waiting for the explanation of the DPWH 7 and
the contractor.

DENR is waiting for the official copy of the CCTV footage in the area.

Footage

Councilor Dave Tumulak, who mans the Cebu City command center, had promised to furnish DENR a copy of the footage tomorrow, said Llamedo. The case against DPWH and WT Construction is set to be filed tomorrow
also. (RVC)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 06, 2014.

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