Busol fence nears completion

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THE fencing of the proposed forest nursery of the Baguio City Government in Busol is almost finished.

City Parks and Management Office Environmental Management (Cepmo) Specialist II Walter Aquirre told Sun.Star Baguio on Tuesday the fencing marks the protection of the proposed nursery of the City Government within the watershed.

The first phase of fencing on more or less 2,200 square meters proposed nursery in Busol started July 18 led by CEPMO.


The Cepmo is partnered with the Baguio Water District, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Baguio City Police Office and Baguio Regreening Movement.

Aguirre said they have to replace the barbed wire fence with concrete and steel matting to make sure no further intrusion in the area happens and likewise to protect the seedlings to be planted.

He said 21 spans with three meter length per span was already constructed and three more spans are about to finish.

"Medyo may balakid nung una pero okay na, malapit nang matapos," he shared citing some illegal structures and a claimant complaining about the fencing.

He said he once talked to a claimant who was unable to show a land title nor any proof of ownership.

He also noted there are six illegal structures that are yet to be demolished within the jurisdiction of the proposed nursery highlighting five houses made of iron sheets and one riprapping made of soil bags.

According to Aguirre, he already submitted a report to the Office of the Mayor relevant to the illegal structures covered by the area.

The first phase of the fencing was funded with P400,000 and Aguirre added he already made a request for another P800,000 for the next phase.

However, he highlighted the fencing will only push through after the fund proposal is evaluated and approved by the City Council.

However, he is positive the fencing of the proposed forest nursery will continue and a gate will be constructed in the area.

He reported they are currently growing seedlings near the location which will be replanted in the nursery.

He closed they plan to grow Benguet pine trees, fruit trees and other feasible indigenous species of trees in the forest nursery.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 28, 2014.

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