By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson assured the provincial government will secure a Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) permit prior to cutting down the 300 eucalyptus trees inside the Panaad Park and Stadium. According to the governor, the provincial government is not allowed to cut down the trees without undergoing the proper process.
Prior to the proposal, the Provincial Board will host a public hearing, after which, the matter will then be forwarded for approval.
The governor reiterated they want to replace the eucalyptus trees with trees endemic to Negros.
Aside from constructing a parking lot, the area will also be landscaped.
Provincial administrator, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, earlier said two contractors have already expressed interest in the project, although they are still accepting offers.
The provincial official noted, “We have asked them to pay an undetermined amount to be used for the beautification.”
“A contractor said he will use the trees as lumber while the other will use it as wood chips,” Diaz added.
Portions of the Panaad Park and Stadium were closed earlier this year as part of the renovation, which is expected to take at least 11 months. Additional funding for the project was previously sought as the provincial administrator said they need at least P250 million or more for the completion of the project./DGB, WDJ