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Stop Cutting Trees for Road-Widening Projects

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Joacki8
on Sun, 20/07/2014 - 06:16
Stop Cutting Trees for Road-Widening Projects
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Target: 
Hon. Rogelio L. Singson
Petition Start Date: 
Sunday, 20 July, 2014
Petition End Date: 
Monday, 28 July, 2014
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Thousands of trees all over the Philippines, many of them century-old, have been cut for road widening and infrastructure development projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Many more trees face the same fate. In several cases, road widening was deemed unnecessary.

We call on the DPWH and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to stop all tree-cutting activities for road widening projects until a review of this policy is undertaken. This review should provide a mechanism for genuine public consultation and a detailed scientific assessment the cutting of trees may have on the environment, especially with climate change and harder-hitting climate-related natural disasters.

Hon. Rogelio L. Singson, Secretary, Department of Public Works & Highways
Hon. Ramon Jesus P. Paje, Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources
We call on the DPWH and DENR to stop all tree-cutting activities for road widening projects until a review of this policy is undertaken. This review should provide a mechanism for genuine public consultation and a detailed scientific assessment the cutting of trees may have on the environment, especially with climate change and harder-hitting climate-related natural disasters. For our country and its future, stop cutting trees for road widening now!

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