Albay To Prune 8K Trees As Anti-Disaster Measure

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Cedric Daep, in an interview on Sunday, said Albay Gov. Francis Bichara, chairman of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), has ordered the creation of Task Force (TF) Pruning, a composite team to implement road obstruction clearing to prepare for the typhoon season this November and December.

Daep said the measure involves the province-wide trimming of trees along main roads and national highways covering the 15 towns and three cities of the province.

The creation of the task force is a preventive public safety approach in disaster operation, a new strategy to be implemented in the country, he said.

The operation started on Friday wherein TF Pruning dispatched several teams composed of personnel from the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Provincial Engineering Office, and the Albay Power Energy Corporation (APEC).

The teams started to conduct survey and identify and mark trees to be trimmed in various road networks in the province’s three districts.

Daep said after the survey is completed, the trimming operation would start and this is expected to be finished by the first week of December.

Dante Baclao, Albay provincial engineer, said six heavy equipment trucks (dump, boom, manlift) and chain saws are ready for dispatch for the clearing operations.

Covered by the trimming operations are trees which branches and leaves could obstruct and cut off the flow of power, and communication lines in times of stormy weather.

Daep said “we decided to do road clearing as a preparedness measure to prevent power and communication outages when storm hits us”.

He said pruning branches and leaves would prevent the possible falling of trees along roads when strong winds hover, which would render roads impassable. It would also protect power and communication lines from breakdown, assuring continuous operations even during bad weather.

It has been observed that during typhoon, tree branches or fallen trees wreaked havoc on properties like electric and communication posts, making it hard for the power firm to restore electricity and communication lines.

“Fallen trees also hampered the immediate delivery of relief assistance and medical response by concerned government agencies because they obstruct main roads and passageways,” Daep said.

The province had experienced several strong typhoons such as “Rosing” in November 1995 and “Reming” in November 2006 that brought very strong winds and heavy rains. “We don’t want this to happen again,” he said.

Albay province has been a four-time Gawad Kalasag Awardee for instituting a “Zero Casualty” goal in disaster operations during typhoons and volcanic eruptions. (PNA)

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