THE planned cutting of about 300 eucalyptus trees at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City will go through the approval of the Provincial Board.
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said the Provincial Board will need to pass a resolution of no objection to the move before the planned cutting will start.
Diaz said there are already two contractors who have expressed interest to cut the trees for free and will only get some percentage from the proceeds on the lumber and woodchips.
The amount will be determined by board foot, Diaz pointed out.
“We are open to other contractors to submit their offers to Capitol. We have asked them to pay an underdetermined amount to be used for the beautification of the province’s premier sports facility,” he added.
Diaz also explained that eucalyptus trees are not healthy to the environment. They have not also served their supposed purpose as source of electrical poles as they are not ideal because they are not straight and sturdy trees.
Diaz added that the Provincial Environment Management Office will assign a forester to supervise the cutting.
We intend to finish the cutting of the trees before the Panaad Festival scheduled on April, he said.
The Talarak Foundation has offered to replace the eucalyptus trees with tree species that are endemic to Negros, Diaz added. (TDE)