HOPING to safeguard the remaining pine trees of the Summer Capital, Baguio Representative Mark Go filed on Monday, July 13, House Bill 7090, imposing a 10-year moratorium on tree cutting.
Go said the bill seeks to safeguard the remaining 2.5 million trees in the city, 500,000 of which are Benguet pine trees.
The House bill seeks to ban tree cutting, removing, or excavating, except for dead and infested trees that are beyond reviving or may infect other live trees.
Go, in his bill, added that construction of any kind should take into consideration the inclusion and preservation of existing trees in the design.
Once the bill is passed, no construction permit will be issued without compliance with this act.
However, trees that pose danger to life and property and tree branches that encroach on power and utility lines, as determined by government agencies, may be cut or trimmed in accordance with existing local ordinances and other laws
A fine, once the law is passed, will be imposed to violators by imprisonment of not less than two years but not more than six years, or a fine of not less than P100,000 but not more than P300,000 for every tree, or both, at the discretion of the court.