TACLOBAN CITY – The road project traversing the Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City is already finished.
This was announced by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which said that not much of the old grown trees inside the state own university were affected by the road widening project.
This road widening project along VSU Main Campus, was strongly opposed by VSU officials as it involved cutting of old trees as they instead presented an alternative plan that would not affect the landscape of the university.
Instead of widening the road and cutting several trees, the DPWH agreed to construct another lane on its west side which will be used for traffic going southbound while the existing road is going to be used by northbound vehicles.
Although there were trees that were still cut during the construction of the new road, the number was minimal as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources planted 100 trees seedlings for every tree that was cut down.
“We successfully saved our trees on our own highway. This is a great feat in terms of protecting, conserving and preserving our environment,” Edgardo Tulin, VSU president said, expressing the commitment of his administration to protect the environment.
“I’m hopeful that this will inspire other movements and groups to never sacrifice our trees for the sake of continued development. There are innovative ways we can push for development while we also take care of our natural resources and that should be our way forward,” he added. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)