City official slams Angeles tree cutting

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin Jr., during their regular session last May 27, hit the administration of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan for its apparent "inconsistent" stand concerning the cutting of trees affected in road-widening projects.

Lazatin said that before the May 2013 elections, the Pamintuan administration was adamant in protecting the trees along the MacArthur Highway and even issued an order forbidding the cutting of the said trees.

"I was of the understanding that Mayor Pamintuan is against the cutting of trees, even those that are lining various road widening projects, so I think it's rather contradictory that the City Government is now in favor of cutting the trees in the name of development," Lazatin said.


Lazatin's statements came after the recent cutting of several Acacia trees along the West Circumferential Road in Calibutbut, Bacolor allegedly using resources and with the presence of personnel from Angeles City Government, in particular, the City Engineer's Office.

Lazatin also expressed concern over the use of Angeles City's resources in cutting trees within the territory of Bacolor.

"Normally, one would expect that in projects within the territory of an LGU, be it the cutting of trees or something else, resources of that LGU will be used," Lazatin said, "I just find it unusual that resources of the Angeles City Government were used in that particular situation."

Lazatin also added that the trees are erected on private land and no consultations were conducted with the landowners prior to the cutting.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 30, 2014.

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