LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — More trees are expected to be cut in Pangasinan as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) continues to push its highway widening program in various parts of the province.

This was gleaned from a memorandum from Celso Salazar, community environment and natural resources officer (CENRO) based in Dagupan City informing the Sannguniang Panlalawigan (SP) relative to the application of DPWH Region 1 for a cutting permit to cut trees affected by road widsning project along the Dagupan-San Fernando, La Union provincial road in Pangaainan.

It appears that CENRO is asking the SP to endorse the application of the DPWH as one of fhe conditions for the granting of a permit to cut trees by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office based in San Fernando City, La Union.

The SP and the DPWH earlier clashed over the cutting of trees, many of them centuries old, along the Manila-North Road from Carmen, Rosales to Sison, Pangasinan, which the latter won as the tree cutting was already covered by a tree cutting permit issued by DENR.

In his memorandum to the SP, Salazar did not mention the number of trees to be cut nor the species which they belong but these could be probably thousands as the highway widening starts at the boundary of La Union and Pangasinan in San Fabian town to Dagupan.

Highway widening is continuing in practically all national and provincial roads in Pangasinan to maintain a minimum of 20-meter carriage way in case of national roads.

Also being widened is the Romulo Highway from Mangatarem to Lingayen where a number of trees were already cut down. PNA/