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Here’s why Naga Mayor Bongat wants to cut down trees

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If typhoon “Nina” proved anything, it’s that lining trees along major highways is a bad idea.

As such, Naga City Mayor John Bongat has written to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez to allow the local government unit (LGU) to cut down trees along main roads.

A Brigade News FM Naga report bared that before this, the Naga City Council proposed a resolution seeking the removal of trees on both sides of Maharlika Highway. The Council noted that the trees–which were uprooted and turned into debris–caused massive damage during the onslaught of Nina last month.

Nina (international name Nock Ten) has been described as the most powerful typhoon to hit the Bicol region since “Reming” in 2006.

Ironically, the Naga government rejected a proposal from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to cut down trees in the city two years ago.

Now, Bongat sees the wisdom behind the proposal and has sought the DENR’s blessing for the activity.