Century, heritage trees ordered cut PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 March 2017 13:33

by Alinazar Hail- Lahid/


The Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) has ordered the General Services Office to cut seven century old acacia trees along Pettit Barracks Street, barangay Zone Four.

According to City Government Services Officer, Engr. Rene Dela Cruz, the trunks of the century old trees are already hollow and may cause the trees to collapse anytime.

Dela Cruz added that the cutting of the trees is aimed at protecting the people in the area.

The GSO is targeting to cut more century old trees all over the city in the coming days and months.

Dela Cruz said they can give the lumber to government offices and agencies who will make formal requests to their office but in the meantime, they are bringing the lumber to the City Abattoir to be used as firewood.

He said the city government will plant new trees to replace the ones that were cut.

Recall, in 2008, The City Council passed Ordinance 341 protecting 76 century-old trees and 54 heritage trees. 9 on the century-old and 3 heritage trees were even tagged by the city government during the 2014 Arbor Day Celebration.

These trees, according to the OCENR, are considered as ecologically, historically, and culturally valuable to the City of Zamboanga. (Alinazar Hail Lahid/Emedia News)