Issue of June 9, 2019
Mt. Province

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Dad wants pine trees in city declared as heritage trees
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

Councilor Leandro Yangot, Jr. has proposed to formally declare all pine trees in Baguio City as heritage and protected trees to save it from extinction brought by continued construction and development.

In the proposed ordinance filed in last Monday’s city council session, Yangot said the measure, once approved, shall cover all pine trees within the city’s jurisdiction and will preclude its cutting without a justifiable reason.

He proposed that pine trees shall only be cut when it pose danger to life or property.

“Baguio is considered the City of Pines and Pine Tree Capital of the Philippines. (But) due to the fast-paced development in the city resulting in urban decay, pine trees are cut (in the process), making them endangered species,” Yangot said.

He said the city is facing the sad reality that in due time, it will lose all the pines in the name of development.

Yangot also reminded on the importance of pine trees to human existence and its role in preventing landslide and erosions.

Those found guilty of violating the provisions of the ordinance shall pay a fine of P5,000 and/or imprisonment of six months or both at the court’s discretion without prejudice to administrative, civil, or criminal offenses that may be filed against the violator.

If the violator is a juridical entity, the managing officers and other persons responsible for any violation shall be held liable for the penalties provided in the ordinance.

If the violator is a foreigner, the person shall be subjected to national laws and procedures of deportation after serving the sentence.

If the violator is a local official or employee, the city government may institute administrative proceedings without prejudice to the right of any affected person upon filing of a verified complaint.

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