The Committee on Environment of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City has recommended the preservation of trees in the center islands at the Shopping Center in Bacolod City.
During a public hearing yesterday on the request of Brgy. Captain Ricardo Danoy Sr. to remove trees along the center islands of Narra and Tindalo Avenue, the committee chaired by Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez recommended that they should remain.
Lopez said he talked to the City Engineers Office to study the request of Danoy and they are against the removal of the trees.
The preservation of trees is for purposes of the city's Clean and Green program and for public safety, he said.
If there should be trees to be cut, they will only be about nine because these are the ones causing danger to local roads, Lopez said.
If the CEO will cut nine trees, this will only comprise 2 percent of all 98 trees planted in the center islands and will not lessen the population of trees in the area, he said.
Lopez said these trees are not obstructions but may pose danger, or are damaging the roads.
They will make a committee report on the matter and once adopted, they will pass a resolution, he said.
Earlier, Lopez advised the contractor who cut down about 43 trees along Lacson extension last month to replant them elsewhere.
In the first place they should not have cut these trees but should replant them for the preservation of the environment, Lopez said.
“For every tree cut, we should plant 100 trees somewhere here in Bacolod. Let us protect our trees like what they are doing in Singapore and Malaysia,” he said.*
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