Cepmo proposes more replacement trees

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TWENTY pine trees will be planted as replacement for every pine tree to be cut in Baguio City.

This is contained in the proposed City Environment Code doubling the 10 replacement seedlings for every tree cut mandated by the city Ordinance Number 6, series of 2010.

The provision is contained in Book 4 entitled "Biodiversity", which provides guidelines protecting the city's urban eco-systems.


Article 38 Section 10 of the book says no pine tree within the Summer Capital regardless its size will be cut unless there is a permit issued to the person applying for a tree cutting permit.

Section 10A indicates for tree cutting in private lands, a tree-cutting permit will not be granted unless an applicant has planted replacement tree seedlings in coordination with the City Environment and Parks Management Office within the boundaries of the land.

"In cases where the planting of replacement tree as above stated is no longer viable, no permit to cut shall be granted unless the applicant already planted twenty (20) pine trees as replacement for every pine tree applied for to be cut," Section 10B states.

The CEPMO will identify areas for the planting of replacement trees ensuring the planting will not affect areas intended as an open space pursuant to the city and national's urban, zoning and architectural plans and laws.

CEPMO head Coleen Lacsamana said the same will be applied for public lands.

The provision in the code also says the area of the pine tree to be cut in public lands will remain and be preserved for growing of a replacement tree by CEPMO except when the purpose is for public welfare subject to environmental requisites such as Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Compliance Certificate.

Lacsamana told Sun*Star Baguio they have to increase the number of replacement trees as prerequisite for the issuance of tree cutting permit to assure more trees will survive.

She explained the 10 replacement trees are not enough because the not all of them usually survive.

She stressed they also wanted to inculcate the value of planting trees.
"Ang dali daling magrequest na magtree-cutting pero we do not value so much how the tree grows, (and) the value towards protecting the environment,” she lamented.

The CEPMO head said aside from planting of replacement trees, the code also aims to strengthen the post planting care, which includes nurturing and keeping the replacement trees alive.

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

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