NAGA CITY, 7Oct2013 (PNA) – For every tree felled to give way to the road widening project at the Maharlika Highway portion in Pili, Camarines Sur, 100 new ones will be planted, according to a top Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provincial official in the province.
Arnel Rodriguez, Camarines Sur Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer, told the Philippines News Agency on Monday that this was the assurance he gave during a public consultation last week on the road-widening project to be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
“Since the public approved the road widening of the four-kilometer stretch of the national road from San Jose to Palestina in Pili town, it would only be imperative to replace the affected 789 trees by planting various species at an identified site in the said town,” Rodriguez explained.
He added that the DENR and the DPWH will adopt a 1:100 trees ratio in the replacement of the affected trees.
For this, Rodriguez said he tapped the student council president of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture to take the lead in the tree planting efforts aimed at replacing that trees that will be felled for the road widening project.
“There will be an agreement signed for and in between the DENR and the DPWH as regard the replacement of trees, and all aspects will be dealt by the accord for a win-win situation,” Jerry Adviento, Forest Resources Conservation Division chief, said.
Once the trees are cut, it will be turned over to the DENR, and will be donated in the following order of priority: the Department of Education, for raw materials in the fabrication of desks and chairs; the DPWH, for its construction projects and the local government of Pili.
Adviento said trees along the Maharlika Highway were planted in the ‘70s under the government’s effort to provide a carbon sink for vehicle emissions.
DENR Bicol Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales expressed optimism about this new development which, he said, would prove to be more advantageous to the residents and would accelerate DENR’s greening effort with a 1:100 trees replacement ratio. (PNA)