Mabilog: No cutting of trees included in DPWH request

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Friday, April 11, 2014

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) request for road widening along Gen. Luna highway in the city does not include cutting of trees at the center islands.

He said the request of DPWH Regional Director Edilberto Tayao is for road widening of the street span from four to six lanes.

The reduced center islands will have to be regreened again by planting more trees and plants but DPWH will have to see that the standing trees will have to rehabilitated and left alone, he added.


DPWH district engineer Rodney Gustilo said earlier the affected center islands will be planted with royal palms to conform with the regreening project along the Benigno Aquino III Avenue or the diversion road.

Mabilog said he sent a letter to Tayao requesting that royal palms to be planted are big and tall enough to withstand the weather condition.

He said he had observed that smaller royal palms planted at the diversion road are dying due to the summer heat.

The City Council slammed last week the DPWH for cutting the trees at Gen. Luna highway for its road widening project without proper coordination with the city engineers office.

Some of the affected trees at the Gen. Luna highway were planted more than 20 years ago and provided shade to pedestrians and control air pollution as well as beautify the area.

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