Manila City declares Arroceros Park as permanent forest park

Manila City has declared the Arroceros Forest Park as a “permanent forest park,” according to the Manila Public Information Office on Tuesday.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso has signed “Ordinance No. 8607 which declares a parcel of land located at Arroceros Street, previously known as 'Decs Property,' as a permanent forest park.”

According to Domagoso, the Manila City government will allocate P1 million for the operation of the park.

The declaration is pursuant to Republic Act No. 5752, mandating “cities to establish, develop, and maintain a permanent forest, tree parks or watersheds within public land.”

Cutting trees, throwing wastes, and any form of excavation within the park are prohibited as stated in the ordinance.

Violators will be fined P2,500 for the first offense while P3,500 for the second offense. For the third offense, P5,000 and/or imprisonment not exceeding one year depending on the court's discretion will be faced by the violator.

The city government will also form an Arroceros Forest Park Governing Committee which will be assigned to formulate a management plan for the park's maintenance and operations.