By Neal H. Cruz
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje finally woke up and stopped the massacre of trees in road-widening projects—but only after thousands of mature trees have already been felled. As many as 1,059 trees have been cut in Pangasinan. More trees have been cut in Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Bataan, Laguna, Iloilo, and other areas. Indeed, there seems to be an indecent haste to cut as many trees as fast as possible in spite of protests by local residents and environmental groups. Any tree on the side of a road is in danger.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
We now know the answer to the question posed in last week’s column: “Will he or won’t he?” He didn’t. The question was whether President Aquino would use the information provided by the National Statistical Coordination Board’s StatDev 2013 as relevant inputs to his State of the Nation Address. And what is the StatDev 2013? It puts in one [...]
By Neal H. Cruz
Ogden Nash wrote that limerick as a parody of Joyce Kilmer’s poem “Trees,” and also of the billboards that were mushrooming and dotting the highways of the United States. Had he been in the Philippines lately, he would have written the last two lines differently: that unless the DPWH stops killing trees along the highways, he would never see a tree at all.
I write in regard to the letter titled “Revisit road project’s bidding process, DPWH urged” (Opinion, 6/24/14). I wish to clarify that the letter’s author is not a staff member of the Asian Development Bank. The opinions expressed in the letter are those of the author writing in his personal capacity, not on behalf of the Asian Development Bank.
I am a regular traveler to Ligao City in Albay, using the Maharlika Highway via the Quezon National Park. During my last travel for the Holy Week vacation, I noticed some informative signs at the Quezon National Park indicating that the zigzag road connecting the municipalities of Pagbilao and Atimonan in Quezon Province is called Bitukang Manok. That particular zigzag road in the Quezon National Park is called Tatlong M or Eme.