CDC exec denies report of logs sale-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
CLARK FREEPORT -- An official of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has denied reports that timbers from fallen trees inside the Freeport are being sold.
Red Fuentes, head of the CDC Environmental Management Department, said his office is still conducting an inventory of trees that fell during the onslaught of Typhoon "Santi" two weeks ago.
He said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is supervising the inventory to determine "merchantable" logs or those which still have commercial value.
Trees with diameters of 40 centimeters and up are selected and picked up by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-accredited contractors and furniture makers, he said.
"Nasa clearing pa kami. Hindi naman namin magalaw [ang mga puno] hanggang hindi nakita at na-evaluate ng DENR kung ito ba ay merchantable ba o hindi," Fuentes said.
Fuentes said about 1,000 fallen trees were found inside the Freeport and 80 of these are full grown century-old acacia, African tulips, and eucalyptus, among others.
Fuentes made an assurance that small trees (with less than 40 centimeters in diameter) will be placed at the CDC stockyard.
The CDC management will decide if the logs will be sold or donated to various Aeta communities at the Clark subzone, he said.
Some locators expressed apprehension about the slow clearing of trees and debris, particularly along major roads and parks.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 28, 2013.