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No more pine trees to be cut in SM expansion plan - Robredo

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With the latest environment permit agreed upon by SM Group and various non-government environment protection organizations, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo on Monday announced that no more pine trees will be cut once SM Baguio implements its expansion program.

Under the new permit, SM Baguio will be allowed to ball the 182 trees covered under the expansion plan or 40 more than stipulated in the original which calls for the cutting of the remaining 40 trees in the 1.1 hectare-expansion zone.

This consensus was reached during a multi-sectoral meeting held at Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Rafael Crame Monday afternoon.
Robredo said that amendment of the old permit would mean that 40 trees will be given a chance to live.

He added that this permit also instructs to plant 50,000 trees in three years time or 45,000 more than the original 5,000 stipulated earlier.
The DILG chief said that new trees can be planted in either Baguio or Benguet.

He is hopeful that SM would comply with the conditions set by the new permit.
Pro-environment groups scored SM Baguio for its supposed plan to cut 182 trees to expand its premises.

by: PNA




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