srac-treecuttingDENR Secretary Roy Cimatu makes government-approved infrastructure projects easier by authorizing the Community 

Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) to process and issue permits on the removal of trees affected by the infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

DENR Administrative Order No. 2018-16 signed by Secretary Cimatu on July 18, 2018 orders all CENROs to act immediately on all applications for removal and relocation of trees for the construction of roads, bridges, flood control and other infrastructure duly certified as government projects of the DPWH.

This directive also orders the CENROs to conduct activities relative to the processing and issuance of cutting permit such as conducting ocular inspection to verify the correctness of submitted requirements, determining the number of trees to be cut, classifying if trees are naturally grown or planted, and tree scaling. They are also required to supervise tree removal and relocation operations, including transportation of logs.

With this development, CENROs are ordered to fast track the processing and issuance of tree cutting permit and/or earth-balling permit (TCP/EP) for government projects implemented in their areas of jurisdiction within three (3) working days.

During his recent visit to Catbalogan City, Secretary Cimatu disclosed that the directive to expedite the issuance of tree cutting permits for government infrastructure projects stemmed from complaints on the delay of DPWH projects due to long waiting period for the release of permits.

“Noon it takes a while for the permits to be approved, kasi umaakyat pa sa regional office, ngayon hindi na,” Cimatu said, emphasizing that its partner agency DPWH can now immediately implement its projects as long as it complies with all the tree cutting application requirements.

Meanwhile, as the DENR Administrative Order intends to fast track completion of government infrastructure projects, the directive also stresses other important considerations such as in case of removal and relocation in public forestlands, TCP/EP applications can only be processed upon issuance of appropriate Land Tenurial Instrument (LTI). Also, to further facilitate issuance of TCP/EP, DENR offices are required to attend consultation meetings during pre-project activities of the DPWH, and the design of the road projects should always consider the least number of trees to be affected.

DENR8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo said that the office supports programs and activities that boost the economic and ecotourism development of the region but not at the expense of the environment.

Director Barcelo emphasized that DENR 8 shall guarantee conservation and proper management of the environment and natural resources by ensuring that all requirements are strictly complied with before tree cutting permits are issued. This includes appropriate infrastructure plan, appropriate environmental clearance, endorsement from the local government units, waiver/consent corresponding to appropriate infrastructure plan in the case of tree cutting within private lands, appropriate land tenure instruments for tree cutting within forestlands, as well as other laws and policies governing developments within protected areas.

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