CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) reiterated that various trees posing risks to motorists and pedestrians along north MacArthur Highway in this city should be immediate earthballed and moved to a safer place.
During the recent members’ breakfast forum at Gracelane Hotel here, Pamcham president Jim Jimenez said that the business group maintains its stand that the decades-old trees, mostly Acacia, should not be cut but earthballed by concerned agencies like the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
“We are against the cutting of those trees but rather for their earthballing and transfer to safer places and open public lands. We have a compromise agreement with the Save the Trees Coalition and other environmentalists on this. We are very much concerned about the environment and more so, for the safety of motorists and pedestrians,” he said.
Jimenez told Sun.Star Pampanga that the chamber would not want a repeat of what happened during a freak weather disturbance about two weeks ago, when a 24-year old woman was pinned to death when a tree fell on the passenger jeepney she was riding.
“Those trees, especially the real weak and old ones, could be replaced by small and medium sized trees which would be planted within a specified clearance from the highway. We have regular tree planting and members of the chamber themselves are participating in this especially in areas along MacArthur Highway. To avert flooding, we have appealed to the DPWH for bigger canals and drainages,” he said.
He added that “growth is inevitable” and that environmental protection and management is a concerted effort of all stakeholders led by the DENR. (JTD)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 01, 2014.