Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has apologized after several trees were cut down in Clifford Park which is undergoing rehabilitation.
The local chief executive admitted that it was her mistake that she did not initially seek for the park design as “I quietly assumed that no trees will be taken down.”
“I approved the proposed design and assumed that the project will build around the trees. However, it has come to my attention that several trees were felled down as park rehabilitation progressed,” she said.
“I sincerely apologize for the oversight and commit to plant trees in the park, incorporating it to the new design,” Duterte-Carpio said.
She also vowed to carry out more programs to establish rural and urban green spaces, promote ecological balance, sustainable utilization and management of resources, and to continue raising public awareness of the importance of environmental protection.
The city government intended to rehabilitate Clifford Park to accommodate more people and enhance its tourism and recreational values.