Children vs cutting down century-old acacia trees

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DINALUPIHAN, Bataan: Residents from a village here have expressed strong opposition to the cutting down of four century-old acacia trees to widen a barangay dirt road, with a group of children displaying placards asking people to spare the big trees at Sitio Magindong in Barangay Luakan. ”We are opposing the cutting down of the old acacias because these trees prevent soil erosion and the strong winds brought by typhoon,” 12-year-old Llemars Abuyadao said. Conrado Lapid, 71, said the trees were already big when he was still a small boy. “As tenant, we have the right to those trees. Last month, there was an attempt to cut down these trees and we did not allow as they did not ask permission,” the old man said. Lina Nacu, 66, a resort owner in Magindong, said residents, including children, decided to unite to block moves to fell down the trees. Nacu said light vehicles can already pass even if the trees are there. Luakan barangay captain Alfredo Santos, Jr. said he just wanted to improve the road condition in the area and has secured a cutting permit from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office.

PNA

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