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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

13 trees illegally cut in Olongapo

Notwithstanding the controversy involving the planned cutting of trees inside Subic Bay Freeport to build a casino, thirteen (13) full-grown trees were cut and uprooted recently around the Olongapo City National High School (OCNHS) compound along 14th street and Rizal Avenue.
The tree-cutting contractor informed the Environmental Sanitation and Management Office (ESMO) personnel who inspected the site (after receiving reports from concerned citizens) that OCNHS Principal Helen Aggabao ordered the cutting of trees. The contractor however failed to present necessary permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) nor the Local Government Unit. The chainsaw used, a regulated tool in the Philippines, is not registered.
CENRO Atty Raul Mamac when asked if he issued permit to cut seven mango, three coconut, a duhat, avocado, eucalyptus, mahogany and two narra trees replied in the negative. In fact he will be issuing certification to that effect. He said that his office will gather witnesses' affidavits and evidences prior to filing case against the perpetuators. Among the possible charges that will be filed are the REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8048 or the Coconut Preservation Act of 1995, PD 705 or the Anti-Illegal Logging Law and the Chain Saw Act of 2002 (Chapter 11 of Environmental Law).

Meanwhile, OCNHS Alumnis, Environmental groups including the City Council are issuing statements of condemnation aside from holding mass actions to express dismay on Aggabao's disregard for the environment.

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  • principal helen aggabao of olongapo city national high school is the same person who was suspended by olongapo regional trial court branch 74 for graft and corruption she is also closely identified and associated with a politician whose family is into illegal logging well maybe she think shes untouchable and can cut those trees with impunity mam i think youve met your match in a form of those poor trees youre so insensitive and irresponsible you should be hanged to a tree

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/20/2009 10:08 PM  

  • Thanks for being so kind and caring about other people's feelings..God is always up there and the only one who sees the truth..I don't cling to anyone else for help but to God Almighty. I still believe in Him, in His Power and Authority over anybody ..God Bless Us All..All I know is I am serving our government with all honesty , commitment and I am a Law Abiding Citizen.. Thanks for the never-ending smear campaign for Me. I know someday the Truth will prevail and the Truth will set us all Free.......I dont have to explain for anything that has been written repeatedly in these blog pages because I know myself well, and the people behind these are not blind ,deaf or anything ,they know the truth but its their culture to put down people...To all of you Thank You Very Much for touching people's lives ..I hope you could come and visit Olongapo City National High School and see for yourselves what is really happening here ... God Bless Us All...

    By Anonymous Helen Aggabao, at 1/27/2009 3:27 PM  

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