Cutting of century-old trees in City of Naga aborted

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

THE cutting of the three remaining acacia trees tonight in Barangay Inoburan, City of Naga was aborted after two men claiming to be environmentalists climbed the trees that were supposed to be cut.

City of Naga Councilor Carmelino Cruz said they decided to abort the cutting due to the presence of so-called environmentalists.

PROTEST. Two men claiming to be environmentalists climb the acacia trees in the City of Naga in an attempt to save these from being cut. (Sun.Star Photo/Justin K. Vestil)

Aside from Dondon Dimpas and Lito Labore, the two men who climbed the trees, representatives from the Movement for Livable Cebu (MLC) also went to Barangay Inoburan to stop the cutting of the remaining three of seven diseased century-old trees.


Rudy Alix, an MLC co-convenor, said they will bring in "experts" from environmental protection groups to assess the trees.

"They say that these are sick trees. These are not sick trees for me," MLC co-convenor Louella Alix said.

While perched on the tree, Labore asked why the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 did not implement an "order" supposedly issued by DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson to stop cutting the trees.

DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas, however, said earlier today that Singson did not issue such order.

“The report was inaccurate,” he said, adding that Singson’s order was to resume the cutting of diseased trees along the national highway in the City of Naga.

OPERATION ABORTED. The multi-agency team tasked to cut the seven diseased acacia trees in the City of Naga decides to abort activity after the two “environmentalists” said they won't go down unless the team commits that they will no longer cut the trees. (Sun.Star Photo/Justin K. Vestil)

Dimpas and Labore said they will not go down until DPWH and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources commit that they will no longer cut these trees.

Tomorrow, DPWH 7 officials will meet with these conservationists to discuss the tree-cutting operation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 07, 2014.

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