Green group blames DPWH for falling trees-A A +A
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
MABALACAT CITY -- Environmentalists blamed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the falling acacia trees along the MacArthur Highway, one of which had crushed a car with a family on board.
Cecile Yumul, a broadcaster and head of the Save the Trees Coalition, said the accident in Barangay Mabiga was not the fault of the trees.
Roots of several trees were cut during the construction of canals and road widening by DPWH contractors.
Yumul suggested to City Government officials that the trees should be trimmed and balanced.
She disclosed that her group voluntarily asked the court to allow the trimming of trees along the national highway from nearby Angeles City down to this city.
According to her, the court granted their motion to exclude the trimming of trees from the Temporary Environment Protection Order (Tepo).
Barangay Poblacion chairman Mario Tiglao, his wife and their 26-year-old daughter, their seven-year-old granddaughter and their three-year-old ward were saved after a huge acacia tree fell on their Mitsubishi Montero while on their way to church.
Mayor Marino Morales said he is open to Yumul's suggestion.
The mayor said he will ask the DPWH or the Pampanga Electric Cooperative 2 to trim the trees to prevent accidents.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 05, 2013.