The Department of Environment and Natural Resources 7 issued a stoppage order against Sunasia Energy Incorporated (SEI) over the cutting without a permit of at least 982 naturally and planted trees in Barangay Talavera, Toledo City.

In a cease and desist order (CDO) signed by community environment and natural resources officer in Cebu City Raul Pasoc last Oct. 28, it directed SEI through its project manager Jose Enrique Tolentino to immediately stop the further destruction of trees.

In a statement, DENR 7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo instructed Pasoc to initiate the filing of appropriate case against the developer based in the existing forestry laws, rules and regulations.

The total volume of trees cut is approximately 2,190 cubic meters or equivalent to 928,560 board feet with an estimated cost of 18.5 million pesos. One board foot is computed at 20 pesos.

Similarly, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 7 which issued the environmental compliance certificate numbered ECC-OL-2015-0025 to First Solar Energy Corporation came out a notice of violation (nov) last November 2. The said nov was signed by EMB7 Regional Director William Cunado. A technical conference is yet to be scheduled.

Montejo said the legal division has been directed to coordinate with cenro cebu city to collect or gather more pieces of evidence to strengthen the case to be filed this week.

Based on the memorandum addressed to Pasoc by Environment and Natural Resources Office Toledo City Supervisor Lutheran Hernando, about 982 naturally and planted trees were illegally cut including one Lamio tree with a buttress measuring five meters in diameter and believed to be a century old tree. Other tree species include Tipolo, Pangantoon, Bangkal, Bagalunga, Lanutan, Acacia, Narra, Mahogany, and Gmelina.

It was known that the cutting started in September with some felled trees already bulldozed and covered with soil materials when the team arrived.

It took four days for the team to account on the volume of trees cut down. Some of the trees were allegedly transported outside of the property owned by a certain Gino Baltao.

SAEI, which developed the area to make way for a solar project within a 113-hectare in Brgy. Talavera, Toledo City failed to show a tree cutting permit when inspectors from denr-7's enforcement division, cenro cebu city, environment and natural resources office toledo city station last October 26.


Creation of an RDC Environment Committee

The Economic Development Committee in its first quarter meeting, passed a Resolution for the creation of an RDC Environment Committee to focus on the environmental and sustainability and risk resilience aspects of the Development Plans, Policies, Programs, Projects (D4Ps).

On June 27, the RDC Environmental Committee Members convened for the first time for the organizational meeting and levelling off presided by the DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales, committee's co-chair at NEDA 7 Conference Hall, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.



Photo Releases

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. OIWS is the country’s first wetland of international importance for waterfowl declared under RAMSAR. This wetland area is now a critical stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds travelling the East Asian Migratory Flyway, one of the most important shorebird and water bird migratory flyways in the world.


Hidden Bird Paradise. Mahaba Island in Talibon, Bohol is an undiscovered bird’s paradise. Mahaba Island is part of Barangay Calituban, one of eight island barangays of the Municipality of Talibon, which is located on the northwest side of Bohol.

Counting the gains of NGP. One of the most successful and remarkable milestones of National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas is the established Coffee Plantations in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol established in 2011 by the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI).

As of today, UFTPAI native coffee is now marketed in Ubay and all other neighboring municipalities in Bohol.

Bugnay Wine. Made and produced by partner people’s organization, the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol

Man-made Molave Forest. One of Siquijor’s pride, the reforestation site is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1937. This 202.15-hectare molave plantation is found in Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor.

Man-made Molave Forest (Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor)

Nature’s Mystic Beauty. Lamanoc Island, Anda, Bohol. A newly discovered ecotourism destination in Bohol and is part of the Candijay-Anda-Mabini Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve and Wilderness Area, a protected area managed by the DENR.

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