3 remaining trees will be cut tonight

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Thursday, August 7, 2014


THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 has decided to cut the remaining diseased trees along the national highway in the City of Naga at night.

Three trees in Barangays Inoburan and Langtad will be cut starting 9 tonight. Cutting of the four diseased acacia trees were done in the past two days.

Msgr. Esteban Binghay, episcopal vicar of the Metro Cebu South parishes, expressed support for the cutting of diseased trees the City of Naga, Carcar and San Fernando. His stand contradicts those running priest, Fr. Robert Reyes.

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A massive traffic jam occurred during the first day of the cutting, earning the ire of commuters and motorists. This is why the cutting will be done at night, DPWH Second Engineering District engineer Nicomedes Leonor said yesterday.

The City of Naga and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Visayas also supported calls to shift tree cutting operations during the night.

Due to the size of the trees, government workers and volunteers could only cut two a day.

The DPWH wanted to cut the remaining trees last night as well but Naga Councilor Carmelino Cruz Jr. said the local government’s heavy equipment had to be repaired.

Cruz said two of the City’s boom trucks or man-lifts malfunctioned. He added that job-order workers who assisted DPWH personnel in the tree cutting needed rest as well.

He said the equipment and personnel will be ready to resume cutting tonight.

Supt. Brindo Nacario, City of Naga police chief, told reporters that only a few commuters were affected when two trees were cut yesterday because it was a holiday.

Still, he said, 30 police personnel were deployed in Barangay Tinaan to maintain order during yesterday’s cutting.

Binghay, also caretaker of the Theotokos Shrine in Barangay Perrelos in Carcar City, said he admires the canopy of century-old acacia trees whenever he travels to southern Cebu.

Maayo man ni ang kahoy. Pero kung nadunot na siya dayun makadaut na siya sa mga tawo, siguro kailangan na gyud siya hiposon (Trees are beneficial to us. But if they are decaying and pose risks on public safety, they will have to be removed),” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 07, 2014.

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