Firm denies cutting 928 trees

By Michelle Joy L. Padayhag November 30,2015

ONE of the companies charged with violating the country’s Forestry Code by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7) denied any role in the cutting of 928 trees in a lot in barangay Talavera, Toledo City.

In an official statement sent to Cebu Daily News, Sun Asia Energy Inc.  said their role is limited to providing project concepts and the solar plant’s design.

“All concerns raised and allegations made are not vertical to Sun Asia Energy. We are not the proper entity to direct these allegations to,” their statement reads.

The company also claims that they secured all permits required for their work as a renewable energy developer.

“As this project is in partnership with First Toledo Solar Energy (FTSE), they will be in the best position to address all queries and concerns pertaining to the tree-cutting activities in the area,” it said.

At least 21 board of directors (BODs) and key officers from three corporations, a lot owner and a steward are facing a criminal complaint filed by DENR in relation to the cutting of 928 trees of various species. ( Read : 23 charged for illegal cutting of trees in Toledo City )

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