DENR Issues Tree Cutting Requirements

CEBU CITY(PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has required the endorsement of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), local government units (LGUs) and the Office of the Provincial Governor as a requirement in the issuance of a cutting permit.

Montejo said that the requirements include application letter, photographs of trees to be removed, sketch map showing the location of trees to be removed, endorsement of local government unit concerned, environmental compliance certificate (ECC) and minutes of public consultation concerning the removal of trees.

The DPWH requested the DENR to cut trees that will be affected by the implementation of the widening of Natalio Bacalso Avenue, Naga-Carcar Section.

DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Dr. Isabelo R.Montejo said, however, that his office has not yet received the endorsements from the concerned LGUs to support the application for a special tree cutting permit by DPWH.

"We should consider the social acceptability component here and the communities should be consulted," he said.

Based on the inventory conducted by a joint team of four from DENR 7 and one from DPWH in May 11 and 16 last year, 155 trees with an aggregate volume of 192.77 cubic meters of different species will be affected.

Of the 155,25 are century old acacia trees (Samanea saman) with a diameter ranges from 92 centimeters to 226 centimeters. Also, out of 25 trees nine are considered hazardous, defective and need immediate attention.