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Valenzuela to spare trees in road-clearing operations

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Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian has agreed to spare trees from the city's road-clearing operations.

He made the statement in response to reports that several trees on the sidewalks of Barangay Dalandanan were marked for removal.

“…no tree will be touched nor removed. The ‘X’ mark was accidentally placed by the barangay officials. I will not allow a single tree to be removed,” Gatchalian said in his Twitter post.

“I’m a big fan [of trees,] so trust me when I say [that] nothing will happen to the trees,” he added.

Gatchalian told Manila Bulletin that barangay officers put marks on these trees, mistaking that they were road obstructions.

“When we instructed them to look at other road obstructions, they thought that trees are included. But they’re not,” he said.

“So, we told them not to cut the trees,” he added.

The city’s chief executive also bared that Valenzuela City is already “100 percent cleared” of obstructions.

“We [already] sent [the Department of Interior and Local Government] officially a letter yesterday, informing them that we’re already cleared of road obstructions,” he said.

Gatchalian said that their efforts to rid the city of obstructions primarily focused on the removal of 12 barangay watchmen outposts built on the sidewalks of Barangay Karuhatan.

“We have had a team dedicated to clearing the city of obstructions since the time of Sen. Win [Gatchalian], so we don’t have many road obstructions,” he said.

“So this time around, what we just focused on was the outposts built on sidewalks. We had to clear those,” Gatchalian added.

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