68 trees to be chopped down in road widening project

 

A total of 68 trees will be chopped along the Silang-Aguinaldo highway in the province Cavite for a road widening project.

 

SILANG — The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) provided a tree cutting permit for the road-widening, allowing the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cavite 3rd Engineering Office to cut 68 trees that will get in the way of road and construction work around the Silang Bypass Road.

Local residents have expressed their disapproval of the tree cutting by setting up and signing a petition to stop the project in the online petition platform, Change.org.

One of the sentiments stated on the petition is that there will likely be an influx of cars, while questioning why the focus is always given to the “minority of Filipino car owners” and why the Government is not “heeding the call” to “combat climate change”.

Silang Mayor Socorro Rosario Poblete also expressed her sadness over the matter on social media, where she said:

Ako rin po ay nalulungkot dahil unti-unting nababawan ang mga puno sa ating kapaligiran na sumisimbulo ng pagiging ‘Garden Capital of the South’ ng ating bayan.”

(“I, too, am saddened by the gradual loss of trees in our environment, trees that symbolize our town being the ‘Garden Capital of the South’.”)

Poblete expressed that, despite the unhappiness the project entails, the legal policies surrounding the matter should be followed, especially since the high likelihood of road accidents in the area are due to the branches and huge roots from the 68 trees found within the vicinity—a huge factor that prompted the DPWH, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the PENRO to have the trees cut down.

Meanwhile, according to PENRO, a memorandum order now requires the permittee (for the tree-cutting) to plant 100 seedlings for every tree chopped down. (RF

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