Traffic stalled in Naga, Cebu

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CEBU (Updated) -- The Department of Public Works Highways (DPWH) in Central Visayas started Tuesday morning the cutting of seven "defective" century-old acacia trees in Naga City.

Tweets from Justin Vestil of Sun.Star Cebu showed video clips of the tree-cutting as well as the traffic jam.

DPWH Regional Director Ador Canlas said only the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) can stop the cutting of the acacia trees.

As of this posting, two acacia trees were already cut.

DENR's public information officer Ed Llamedo said the cutting of the century-old trees might take two days.

Local police in Naga diverted traffic to an access road in the nearby village of Tinaan, but heavy traffic was still experienced in the south.

Some commuters were forced to disembark from their buses and had to walk to the nearest terminal. (With reports from Justin Vestil/Sunnex)

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