Mayor: Trees must be trimmed, earthballed

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Saturday, May 24, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Edwin Santiago on Friday said the City Government sought the approval of national government agencies for the trimming and earthballing of trees along MacArthur Highway.

This developed after a "microburst" or freak weather disturbance uprooted an acacia tree near the highway in Barangay Telabastagan and fell on a passing passenger jeep, killing a 24-year-old woman.

"After the incident, I immediately wrote the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the trimming and possible earthballing of some already dangerous trees along MacArthur Highway and transfer them to safer areas, just like what we did in the San Agustin to San Isidro stretch," Santiago said.

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He told Sun.Star Pampanga that he has also appealed to the DPWH and the DENR for the re-top soiling of the trees since their roots have been exposed and weakened by recent bulldozing of surrounding areas during road-widening activities.

"Their roots have been exposed and apparently weakened that they will have to be top soiled again. Also, we recommended that the trees be strengthened with guy ropes or posts para hindi ganoon kadaling matumba. Kailangan ding ma-trim and I hope that the concerned agencies will act on our appeal and request soon, para hindi na maulit ang nangyari noong Lunes," said Santiago.

The mayor added that the City Government maintains it position that development and environmental protection must go hand in hand.

"We even discussed our position on this which was accepted in principle by environmentalists and pro-development advocates. We acknowledge our responsibility and definitely, the safety of people is paramount to us," said Santiago. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 24, 2014.

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