DENR rejects bid to cut down mangroves in Mobo, Masbate

MASBATE CITY—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bicol regional office rejected an application by a power company to chop down some 50 mangrove trees in Barangay Tugbo, Mobo town.

David M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI)'s power business

David M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI)'s power business

Photo: DCMI

Said application was requested by David M. Consunji Incorporated  (DMCI) in preparation for the construction of a wharf.

Grace Cariño, DENR Bicol, Division Chief of Conservation and Development Division said approval of the application runs counter to the agency's committment to protecting the region's natural resources.

Mangroves, she emphasized, are vitally important to the ecosystem, especially to the marine food chain.

DMCI, she added, accepted the decision and is studying an alternative site for the construction of the wharf.

The wharf is part of the power firm's plan to put up a coal facility, which it believes will be a less expensive source of energy, as compared to petroleum.

The project, it would be recalled, has been met with opposition both by the local government and private individuals.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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