Cebu netizens in uproar over uprooting of old trees
MANILA – Cebu netizens are in an uproar over plans to cut 154 century-old trees along the 3.1-kilometer highway from Naga City to Carcar City for an expansion project.
In a petition on Change.org, tour guide and petitioner Balbino Guerrero said: “These trees were planted at the turn of the century, ordered by then Cebu Governor Dionesio Jakosalem.”
More than 1,400 have already signed the petition, which asked Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson to “to reconsider" the "permit to cut" issued by the DENR Central Office.
"We knock on your heart to give the condemned TREES, a new lease of life,” they said in the petition.
Petition signer Joseph Patrick Lim of Cebu City recalled his mother’s stories “about traversing this road during WWII and how the trees shaded them from the heat on their long journey fleeing from the advancing Japanese soldiers.”
Hazel Monte de Ramos added: “As a former resident of Cebu and a regular visitor, it saddens me to think that you would destroy God and natures artwork in the name of supposed 'progress,' though it doesn't sound like progress to me.”
“To cut trees in order to proceed to their road widening project. Then what? Plant again more trees and cut it again? It’s like having sex again and again and deciding to have an abortion,” Sheira Travero added.
Meanwhile, The Freeman columnist Cherry Piquero-Ballescas urged Cebuanos to sign the petition.
“This Save the Tree petition is not just for the trees. These trees represent history, life, sustenance. More importantly, the trees remind us about God who is the only One who can make, create trees,” she said.