THE Provincial Board has approved Wednesday a resolution requesting six government agencies to investigate the alleged illegal cutting of trees within the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) in Salvador Benedicto, said Board Member Patrick Lacson.

Lacson, who heads the Provincial Board committee on environment, said he submitted the resolution, authored by First District Board Member Renato Gustilo, after receiving a complaint from the Salvador Benedicto Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (Menro) regarding the alleged cutting of trees.

Based on the report of Menro officer Elmo Amit, an auxiliary policeman in Sitio Tuguisan, Barangay Pandanon reported to him that several lawaan trees were cut at about 9 a.m. on May 7 due to the ongoing building construction of the National Irrigation Administration.

Amit said the alleged illegal cutting was investigated and was brought to the attention of Mayor Jose Max Ortiz.

With this incident, Lacson said he wants the matter to be thoroughly investigated.

The Provincial Board is requesting the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, Provincial Environment Management Office, Task Force Ilahas and the Menro to investigate the alleged illegal tree-cutting.

The five agencies are requested to submit the report of their investigation to the Provincial Board.

In addition to the five agencies, the Provincial Board also approved another resolution requesting the Salvador Benedicto police station to conduct its own investigation on the incident.