Council to decide fate of road project next session

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Thursday, May 29, 2014


MEMBERS of the entire Iloilo City Council will decide next session through a majority vote whether to allow the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to continue its road widening project along Gen. Luna St. or not.

Majority of the city councilors agreed on this during a dialogue last May 28 with DPWH District Engr. Rodney Gustilo, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Iloilo chief Ildefonso Tuliva, and City Agriculturist Geraldine Hautea to explain and justify the cutting down of several heritage trees along Gen Luna.

Councilor Joshua Alim said the project cannot proceed without an issued authority from the City Council through a resolution to the DENR in allowing the cutting down of trees.

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Alim said the council virtually stopped the road widening project at Gen. Luna by issuing a resolution last month for DPWH to stop cutting the trees directly affected by the project.

He said the trees are priceless and some of these are more than 60 years old already, planted in the center island as carbon sink of gas fumes from passing motor vehicles. The trees also serve as shade canopy that beautifies the city highway, he added.

The DPWH is widening the street from four to six lanes by cutting and reducing the center islands, thereby cutting down the trees that stand within the expanded lane. (LCP)

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