Law regulating cutting of coconut trees inked

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has approved a law regulating the cutting of coconut trees, a Palace official said Sunday.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Chief Executive signed last May 29 Republic Act 10593 “amending certain provisions of Republic Act 8048 or an Act Providing for the Regulation of the Cutting of Coconut Trees, Its Replenishment, and Providing Penalties Therefore.”

Valte said a coconut tree could be cut if it is 60 years old in the case of tall varieties and at least 40 years in dwarf varieties, if not economically productive, and if it is severely disease-infested and beyond rehabilitation.

Under the law, a coconut tree could also be removed if it is severely damaged by typhoon or lightning, when the agricultural land devoted to coconut production shall have been converted in accordance with law into either a residential, commercial or an industrial area, and when the land is devoted to coconut production but is converted to other agricultural use, provided that the owner sought permission for conversion.

Exemptions to cutting down coconut trees apply “if the tree would cause hazard to life and property.”

Valte said there are corresponding penalties for a violator of the law. (SDR/Sunnex)

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