Dads to investigate tree cutting activities in city

BAGUIO CITY – an investigation will be conducted on the reported tree cutting activities here despite the absence of permits issued by the Department of environment and natural Resources (DENR).

The resolution introduced by Councilor Elmer Datuin calling for an investigation in aid of legislation the alleged on-going tree cutting activities within the city of Baguio has been approved unanimously.

The resolution is based on reports that applicants who have pending requests for tree cutting permits with the DENR have actually started cutting trees despite the non-issuance of the needed documents.

'The report is alarming as some sectors are now resorting to illegal practice which may lead to uncontrollable tree cutting activities in the city', Datuin said.

It can be recalled that several Pine trees were removed from road-widening projects in the city despite the absence of tree cutting permits which have caused public uproar.

Datuin emphasized the need to investigate this illegal activities to enable the city government to enact legislative measures in protecting the general welfare and the environment.

Meantime, Mayor Mauricio Domogan has strengthened the process of issuing 'emergency Tree Cutting Permits' for trees which pose imminent danger to life and property.

The mayor included representatives of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of the DENR to be part of the city's inspection and investigation committee.

Domogan said, 'it is this time of the year where his office receives a bulk of requests for emergency tree cutting permits especially when there is a typhoon'.

The mayor clarified however that 'emergency tree cutting permits' being issued only covers the trees that pose danger to life and property. ***paul rillorta

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