Unless stopped by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officials in Manila, more than 1,200 trees, including 52 saplings, will be cut to give way to a solar energy project covering about 60 hectares of forest land in Currimao town, Ilocos Norte province.
Officials of government agencies who wanted to cut trees along the Manila North Road (MNR) traversing eastern Pangasinan towns are now using the “dead tree discourse” to justify the “murder” of the trees, an environmentalist said here.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said 138 of 770 trees spared from the Manila North Road (MNR) widening project have been found dead.
By Carmel Loise Matus
The three remaining century-old trees in Naga City, Cebu have just been saved from the death sentence.
The word war over the cutting of trees for a road expansion project in the province continued Wednesday with former congressman Mark Cojuangco saying the provincial government actually violated its own environment code that allowed the cutting of trees for crucial road projects.