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Albay Gov Bichara: Human life more important than trees

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Don’t call Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara a tree-hater; in the end, he just wants to be a life-saver.

Bichara on Monday (May 29) asked the Provincial Council to come up with ways to eliminate potential road hazards and obstructions, which according to him includes huge trees.

“Trees are very important to our environment, but when they are in our roads, they can be road hazards,” reckoned the politiko.

Bichara pointed out that unlike a human life, trees can be planted and re-planted.

“We can always plant a tree, but we cannot bring back life. Besides, we can use the trees as material for school chairs or the like,” he noted.

The governor gave this order to the Council during the Provincial Government’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the implementation of Provincial Ordinance No. 99-009, also known as the Traffic Safety of Albay ordinance.

Present during the event were officers and representatives of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine National Police – Albay (PNP), and the Department Heads from the Provincial Government of Albay.
Bichara expressed his concern regarding the rising number of fatal road accidents in Albay during the MOU signing.