BACOLOD City – Trees planted in the median strips of major arterial roads here planned to be cut down will be spared.
This after the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Committee on Environment agreed not to take the trees down, saying these trees do not obstruct the flow of road traffic in the metro.
“Trees should remain there; the median strips should remain, too. If ever there are trees that are going to be cut, maybe only nine trees, or the ones that are actually causing damage to our roads,” Councilor Carlos Lopez said.
He added that they have conducted a committee hearing yesterday and he will submit to the city council his recommendation barring the move to remove the median trees.
“These trees are not obstruction, but they may pose a danger or they are damaging the roads. They need to be uprooted otherwise we have to fix again the new roads,” the councilor pointed out.
Ramos previously authored a resolution seeking to remove the median strip on Narra Avenue at the Capitol Shopping Center to ease the metro’s traffic woes.
This proposal, however, earned the ire of local residents, including environmentalists as it entails cutting down trees in the area. They claim that there is no congestion along that stretch of road and by cutting down trees – which brings cleaner air to the city – would only be detrimental to safety and health./PN