BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan has clarified the issuance of Emergency Tree Cutting Permits which his office issues to avert physical harm and damage to property.
Domogan said, “residents may apply for an emergency tree cutting permit if the tree is posing imminent danger to lives and property.”
“this is the only instance where we can issue an emergency tree cutting permit, “ he said.
Domogan added, “in the absence of the element of danger, his office cannot issue a permit but personnel conducts an investigation to verify its circumstances.”
The request is then endorsed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for them to issue the necessary tree cutting permit.
The procedure is done in order that applicants for tree cutting permits seek clearance with the DENR and comply with requirements set by the agency.
Some of the requirements for private property owners include, land title, project description, building permits, zoning clearances, clearance from the City environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) and clearance from the barangay of no objection and other pertinent documents.
Aside from these requirements, the applicant will have to endeavour to replace the trees to be cut.
The mayor stressed there will be no issuance of tree cutting permit in his office if the same is not posing any danger to life or property.
Domogan clarified,” the tree cutting permits issued are for trees that cause imminent danger, it is verified and investigated by personnel before approval.”
The mayor explained there are already dead trees that are causing danger which needs prompt and immediate action to spare the public from untoward incidents.
The mayor has tasked the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) to inventory such trees for its immediate removal./Paul Rillorta