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27 trees in Clark ‘illegally cut’; firm asked to explain

CLARK FREEPORT — The Environmental Permits Division (EPD) of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has issued a notice of violation against Asiaphil Inc. for failing to secure the necessary permits from the CDC to cut some 27 trees along Prince Balagtas Avenue.

In a letter, EPD manager Engr. Rogelio M. Magat pointed out the illegal cutting of trees to Asiaphil project manager Engr. Amado Natividad, saying this was done “without the prior coordination from the Environmental Permits Division of CDC.”

Magat said one of his office’s environmental officers reported that several trees under the power lines along Prince Balagtas Avenue were illegally cut on March 10, 2023

Magat said that while the EPD acknowledges Rule 4 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 11361 (Anti-Obstruction of Power Lines Act) exempts Power Line Owner/Operator (PLO) from securing prior permit or clearance to trim, prune and cut tall growing plants, Asiaphil is still subjected to the notice process and requirements of CDC, prior to the and conduct of clearing activities within the power line corridor (PLC).

“Based from our inventory, there were 27 assorted trees that were poorly cut, and this could have been handled appropriately if proper coordination was made by your team on site,” Magat said in his letter.

The EPD head pointed out, “Evidently, these trees were haphazardly cut in the open leaving some animosity and curiosity among motorists which brings CDC in a bad situation.”

He also advised Asiaphil that CDC has a schedule of fees and charges including penalty for the removal of trees without prior clearance/approval.

Asiaphil was asked to explain in writing why it should not be penalized for the above offense.