May I comment on the controversy surrounding the cutting of 1,050 trees along the 42-kilometer highway in Pangasinan by the Department of Public Works and Highways or its contractor on November 2013-February 2014. Serious objections were raised by Patricia Gwen Borcena, environmental activist and founding president of Green Research, on reasonable grounds that the felled trees were centuries-old and considered natural heritage. She said the next targets were 1,829 trees.
By Vicente L. Rafael
From the perspective of the city, the countryside often feels like a foreign country, a network of colonial outposts long conquered and emptied of culture, reduced to either bare life or, as Marx once famously put it, a constant state of idiocy. A surprising exception is Manang Letty’s farm in Pangasinan.
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 Rina Jimenez-David
“Trying to plan for the future without knowing the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.” —David Boorstin
By Neal H. Cruz
What is the Department of Environment and Natural Resources doing?