DENR 7 STOPS SOLAR POWER PROJECT

DENR 7 STOPS SOLAR POWER PROJECT OVER CUTTING OF 982 TREES WITHOUT PERMIT

 

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.

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