Talisay seeks DENR nod to remove tree after one falls on top of a house

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


A 15-FOOT tree locally known as “kulis” fell on top of a house in Barangay Maghaway, Talisay City last Monday, damaging it.

While no one was hurt in the incident, Mayor Johnny de los Reyes called on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 to allow barangays to cut down trees that are considered hazardous to residents.

DENR 7 officials plan to visit the area to check on the tree’s condition.

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The incident occurred around 7 a.m.

The house in Sitio Nursery is owned by Divina Segundino.

Segundino told reporters yesterday that her 15-year-old daughter Divica was alone inside, while she and her husband were standing outside when they saw the tree suddenly topple over.

“I heard something snap. When I turned around, I saw the tree fall on top of my house,” she said in Cebuano.

The incident damaged her roof.

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The mayor checked the house yesterday and ordered city personnel to help remove the tree.

He also gave the Segundino family financial assistance.

Segundino blamed a dwende, or an earth spirit, for the tree falling.

A photo taken by one of the city mayor’s staffers allegedly showed a man’s face coming out from the tree’s trunk.

Segundino said she always had her suspicions that the tree was haunted because she would sometimes hear something strange outside their house.

“I would hear someone drinking in the middle of the night. I would hear someone gulping really loud. But when I checked, there was no one there,” she said.

De los Reyes said the tree’s trunk shows signs of decay.

Dr. Eddie Llamedo, DENR 7 spokesperson, said that while he appreciates the mayor’s initiative, local government units (LGUs) are still required to report to their office trees that may endanger the public.

Llamedo added that LGUs need clearance from DENR to remove trees.

He said their agency plans to send inspectors to check the tree’s condition.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 27, 2014.

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