Thursday, February 11, 2016

Use of green zones a call for barangay governments to monitor-CENRO

DAVAO CITY, Feb 11 (PIA) The chief of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in the city stressed that it is the call of the barangay governments to ensure that the respective green space among the subdivisions in their respective areas of responsibility is planted with trees.

CENRO chief Engr. Eliza Madrazo explained that her office simply encourages residents to plant trees but it is the barangay government that must ensure that this program is strictly followed.

She said the CENRO has been pushing for the greening program since it is a program is line with the advocacy of the city government on the protection of the environment.

“In my opinion, if we can add more spaces for planting trees, it is more beneficial to the city’s environment,” Madrazo said.

Architect Jim Palma, representative of the Green Davao Coalition vowed to convey their opposition to the amendment approved on the third and final reading by the 17th City Council on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan reducing the green zones among socialized subdivisions from 40 percent to 30 percent to draw more land developers to invest in the city.

He said their group will reach out to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for him to consider all angles on the implication of the amendment to the effort to plant trees to cope with the climate change.

Palma said the amendment will deprive areas for planting trees.

Earlier, Councilor Diosdado Mahipus expressed his observation that areas in subdivisions classified as green zones have not been utilized for its real purpose.

“In some areas, these zones like the sidewalks are made as means of livelihood like vulcanizing shops and even extension of garage,” he said.

Mahipus said environmental groups could have attended the committee hearings on the issue so that their side could have been heard accordingly, before the proposed measure was approved on the third and final reading.  (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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