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A reader’s reaction on Courier’s stories
JUNIPER DOMINGUEZ, Baguio City

This refers to the front page stories, titled, “City plans to stop new buildings, tree cutting”; “Mayor exposes killing of 45 trees”; and “BENECO offers to manage LED lights,” all published in the July 28 issue of the Courier.

To the new energetic Mayor Benjamin Magalong, If I am not mistaken, the city government of Baguio adopted a policy through an ordinance that only six-story buildings are to be constructed in Baguio after the July 16, 1990 killer earthquake?

On stopping tree cutting, I hope the honorable mayor can put to stop on this illegal practice, as Filipinos are “innovative” in circumventing laws. 

The decades-old practice of drilling holes in a full-grown tree and putting kerosene or oil-soaked cotton to slowly kill trees are done up to now since securing a tree cutting permit for a dead tree is easy.

Once I wrote a letter about the “pine tree park” near the Baguio Convention Center. Some 10 to 15 years ago, pine trees there were thick. Today, they are slowly being cut by manual saw at night and one could see the Supreme Court building from the University of the Philippines Baguio and vice versa? Seemingly, there is a sinister plan to cut all the trees there.

On Benguet Electric Cooperative’s proposal of managing the LED lights of the city, the city mayor might consider allowing his trusted people to “tour” Pangasinan and other places to check for themselves that most local government units are replacing street lights with solar-powered street lights and/or installing new ones which will drastically save government money in their monthly electrical bills?

The streetlights along NLEX, SCTEX, and TPLEX are all solar-powered.

Lastly, being the chief executive, I hope that your leadership will finally put to stop “whimsical” government infrastructure projects like the highly questionable and obviously corrupted “strengthening” of the BGH flyover, the Magsaysay-Bokawkan junction flyover and the Magsaysay-Trancoville junction flyover which costs the government more than P100 million. A complaint had been filed against the concerned government agency and the contractors at the office of the Ombudsman.

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