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Public outcry spurs talks for Baguio tree-cutting moratorium

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Discussions on the five year tree cutting moratorium in Baguio City have been reopened, following the latest backlash from the planned removal of 28 trees due to road expansion projects.


In an effort to smoothen traffic flow, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be clearing and widening four major roads.
A majority of the 28 trees to be cut are found along Marcos Highway, while the rest are found at Camp 7 village at Kennon Road, and Fr. Carlu Loop near the Baguio Cathedral.


Last year, over 100 trees were cut down due to the construction of a condominium, and within the Philippine Military Academy. In response to the flak drawn, the five-year moratorium was proposed.


According to Councilor Arthur Allad-iw, the moratorium would give leeway for the local government to revamp land-use policies, by halting all tree-cutting activities, but remained dormant in the city’s environment and parks management office.


Currently, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) tallies Baguio’s tree inventory at 2.5 million.


Residents fear that this number will continue to dwindle should the expansion projects continue.

Photo: Rappler


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