In behalf of the poor residents along the national road in Pililla, Rizal, where a road-widening project is being done, we rise in protest against the decision of the Department of Public Works and Highways, as announced by its contractor(s)/engineers, that the cost of restoring any structure to be hit by the project will be borne by the residents. In the two instances when this road was widened in the late 1960s and in the 1980s, the restoration of damaged structures, such as fences and pathways, was done by the contractor at no cost to the residents.
I read the report of Kristine Felisse Mangunay on the case filed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) against a district engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways for “unauthorized reblocking along C5.” (“DPWH man sued for ‘unauthorized reblocking,’” Metro, 9/25/14).
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.