Camiguin governor raises watch on tree-cutting activities

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CAMIGUIN, Mambajao, Feb. 17, 2012 (PIA) – Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo expressed apprehension on the excessive cutting of trees in the island, especially on coconut trees  and directs the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to look into it.

“When you fly via chopper, green areas can be seen to cover most of the island’s sections, but tree cutting activities are also quite as visible. I want the PCA to tone down these activities and tighten the issuance of permits by scrutinizing and verifying the applications submitted to their office,” the governor noted in one of his talk during Monday’s convocation.

“I also want to double up our tree planting efforts, in like manner, trees that have been approved for cutting should also be replaced,” he added.

Romualdo has ordered strict monitoring of these activities, even on Sunday’s when they are least expected, the team are positioned and has surprised many operators.

Governor Romulado likewise called on the cooperation of the public to report any observe cutting on their areas that the authorities may directly verify its operation.

“What has been happening around can also hit us, we cannot hold the disaster but we can somehow do something to prevent it,” Romulado said.

Let us not wait for lives to be sacrificed before we act on this especially that year 2012 is expected to bring in more typhoons and rains in the country.

International weather reports cited that Philippines ranked fourth among countries that will likely be hit by strong typhoons this year.

To date, the province is preparing its health response team for the disaster emergency training next month. The provincial government is also accessing funding agencies for its waste management project. (PIA 10)

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