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Mayor Evangelista bans tree-cutting on Kidapawan national highway sans relocating first of Cotelco poles

Kidapawan City Mayor Jose Paolo M. Evangelista has ordered not to cut trees along the national highway for the road widening without first relocating the electric poles of the Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Cotelco).
Under Executive Order No. 41, series of 2004, Evangelista said cutting the trees without prior relocation of the electric poles poses risks to public safety. This could also disrupt the electricity supply and cause unnecessary delays and complications in the road widening project.
He said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), in coordination with Colelco, should ensure the timely and orderly relocation of electric poles before any tree-cutting activities start.
“The DPWH must submit a comprehensive relocation plan to the City Government of Kidapawan prior to the initiation of the road widening project. All concerned agencie and contractors must strictly comply with this order and ensure minimal environmental impact,” Evangelista said.
He also asked the department and its other partner agencies to plant 1,000 trees as a replacement for every tree cut.
The mayor said the reforestation effort aims to not only compensate for the ecological loss but also to enhance green spaces within the city.
He tasked the City Environment and Natural Resources to monitor compliance with the EO.
Evangelista warned violators that penalties would be imposed against them.

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