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DENR, media group ink pact to save trees

Tuguegarao City (16 February) -- In an effort to save the robustly grown trees against injuries inflicted by nails of campaign posters this coming election, including commercial advertisement, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) the government and private media in Cagayan Valley recently forged an agreement to work hand in hand to intensify the protection and conservation of these natural resources.

Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan of the DENR Region 02 served as the First Party and the Media organizations composed of Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Region 02; Radyo Ng Bayan-DWPE; Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, Regional and Cagayan Chapters as the Second Party.

Under the agreement, the DENR shall implement the provisions of Republic Act 3571, otherwise known as, An Act to Prohibit the Cutting, Destroying or Injuring of Planted or Growing Trees, Flowering Plants and Shrubs or Plants of Scenic Value along Public Roads, in Plazas, School Premises or in any other Public Grounds.

The accord was also in pursuant to P.D. 953 which requires the planting of trees in certain places and penalizes unauthorized cutting, destruction, damaging and injuring of certain trees, plants and vegetation likewise in line with COMELEC Resolution No.1616 deputizing DENR employees to remove political and commercial advertisement nailed/stapled on trees.

The DENR has vowed to tear down and remove political campaign materials and commercial advertisements nailed/posted on trees particularly on main thoroughfares as these areas are more accessible to campaigners. Injuries of trees caused by nails are harmful and retard growth as well as destroy the aesthetic value of trees.

The media group on the other hand will assist the DENR by way of providing advocacy information, and education campaigns through their regular radio and television programs, print publications and through media forums.

The nailing of campaign materials on trees has been a perennial problem but the DENR is always on guard against the unscrupulous politicians and businessmen.

With the combined forces of the environment sector and the media, it is expected that this perennial problem will soon be resolved. (PIA 2) [top]

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