The Provincial Board approved Tuesday a resolution requesting Governor Jose Alvarez and all municipal government officials to provide chainsaws to all barangays for disaster management use and other “legal” purposes.
Board Member Clarito Demaala IV, author of the resolution, said the chainsaws are important to 367 barangays because they can be used to remove fallen trees and other road obstructions when there are calamities.
Kapag may natumbang puno, may bagyo, tapos natumba d’yan dapat barangay na mismo ang mag-reponde hindi na aantayin si munisipyo. This is a request lang naman kay Governor Alvarez at sa mga munisipyo na kung kaya mabigyan ang bawat barangay,” Demaala said.
Demaala said the barangays can own the chainsaws provided they secure necessary permits and they register them as stated under Republic Act 9175 or the “Chain Saw Act of 2002”.
He said cutting permits must also be secured by the barangays from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-CENRO) to ensure that the use of the chainsaws will be legal.