Folk found to be cutting trees-A A +A
Monday, November 4, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The multi-sectoral task force reported over the weekend that while "there is no sign of kaingin or charcoal-making" in the portion of Mt. Arayat in Barangay Ayala, Magalang where a landslide occurred, it discovered that trees were being cut down by unidentified folk to make huts for tourists visiting the protected area.
"Initially, we found no kaingin areas as per the claim of residents there. Butwe found out that the trees were being cut to make huts for tourists who intrude, so to speak, the protected area in Ayala, that portion of Mt. Arayat," according to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources officer Art Punsalan.
He told Sun.Star Pampanga that the findings of the task force, which was formed by First District Congressman Joseller "Yeng" Guiao, composed of the private sector and representatives from various government agencies, including Capitol, is now consolidated.
"The artificial dam there as we observed, was not able to contain the heavy volume of rainfall on October 12, between 1:30 a.m. to 3 a.m., that is why it scoured. But then again, the natural barriers protecting the area were affected by the cutting of trees which have been used for other purposes. We are still looking at it closely," Punsalan said.
He added that there is a need to regulate trees being cut and taken away from Mt. Arayat.
"We will conduct an inventory of trees and plant the necessary varieties where many have been cut to create natural barriers. Most important now is to protect this area to avert any future disaster," he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 05, 2013.