More than 200 mangroves and trees are said to be affected with an ongoing road construction project in Ormoc City, an incident raised by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of which the engineering district based in Ormoc is set to invetigate.

ORMOC CITY-The 2.8 – kilometer network development project, which is proposed and designed to create a bypass/diversion road that provides an alternate route for travellers from Ormoc City to the municipalities of Merida, Isabel, and Palompon, Leyte is co-implemented by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Regional Office (RO) and Leyte 4th District Engineering Office (DEO).
Package A and Package B has been carried out by Leyte 4th DEO.
In response to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) appeal for the alleged cutting of trees along the on-going construction of the diversion road undertaken by the Leyte 4thDEO – (Package A and B) that encompasses Barangays San Juan, Lao, and Naungan in Ormoc City, the office will administer an investigation on the alleged affected trees cut by the contractor, considering that Package B is yet to be completed.
Based on the survey conducted by the Leyte 4th DEO – Planning and Design Section, mangrove area is located at the end portion of the Package B.
At present, the project is still half way towards the end portion and only traverses on a swamp area with nipa plants.
Leyte 4th DEO is aware of the provision in cutting of trees and reiterates to adhere and comply with existing environmental laws and regulations. (PR)