Ma­galang folks dis­mayed over cut­ting of plaza trees EdPam, ABEKA lead thousands in wel­com­ing Gen­eral Bato

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

AGALANG — Scores of resi

here ex­pressed dis­may over the cut­ting of full-grown Agoo and other trees to give way for the im­prove­ment and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the town plaza.

AN­GE­LES CITY - City Mayor and Abe Ka­pam­pan­gan Partylist first nom­i­nee Edgardo Pam­intuan yes­ter­day led thousands of An­geleños in wel­com­ing former Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice Chief and Sen­a­to­rial can­di­date Ron­ald “Bato” Dela Rosa

Some of the res­i­dents claimed that the lo­cal govern­ment should have con­sulted the peo­ple first be­fore cut­ting the trees planted around the plaza.

The mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment had se­cured a per­mit from the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) Re­gion III to cut 49 Agoo trees, eight Eu­ca­lyp­tus, 27 neem trees; and earth­ball 5 narra trees.

The DENR Re­gion III stated that the lo­cal govern­ment unit was re­quired to plant 100 trees for ev­ery tree that will be re­moved from the town plaza.

Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tor Daniel Xe­vier “Pong” Lacson said the lo­cal govern­ment unit se­cured a per­mit from the DENR be­fore the project started.

“We have earth­balled a num­ber of trees and they were trans­ferred to another lo­ca­tion. It is un­for­tu­nate that we have to re­move the trees to make way for the ren­o­va­tion of the plaza,” Lacson said.

“But rest as­sured that the lo­cal govern­ment unit will be plant­ing re­place­ments for these trees as agreed upon with the DENR,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the town ad­min­is­tra­tor, the Sang­gu­ni­ang Bayan passed a res­o­lu­tion for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project which was en­dorsed to the Provin­cial Board.

“The ad­min­is­tra­tion [ of Mayor Malu Lacson] has al­ways been very con­cerned with the en­vi­ron­ment that is why in her first in of­fice, some 5,000 trees have al­ready been planted in the town,” the ad­min­is­tra­tor said.— With re­ports from Chris Navarro

GEN­ERAL BATO IN AN­GE­LES CITY.

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