11 thousand strong: Century-old Acacia Trees in Carcar saved by the Netizens

One of the best sightings to behold in the south are of those beautiful centuries-old acacia trees in Carcar City, Cebu.

They seem to embrace the road, overlooking all travelers, giving them shade and fresh air. Threatening to cut down these historical trees for road widening was unacceptable and have resulted to an uproar by Cebuanos and netizens alike.

A feat that would go down in history, as one of the highlights of the good side of social media, making every Cebuano and human proud, then took place. “11 thousand strong”, 11 thousand signatures through online petitions saved these trees from destruction.

Photo by @alfa_almz⁠ via IG

The DPWH Region 7 says century-old trees in Perrelous, Carcar, Cebu will be preserved. Instead of cutting them down, a new road will be opened alongside those trees (parallel road).

The battle was won but the debate and the defense raised by those who fought for them should be given highlight.

“We are mobile. The trees are not.” – Mily Joy Pactores, the one who initiated the online petition.

This one powerful statement caught my attention as it calls out the species known to be the most intelligent. Us. We can adapt. We can move. We can always find ways. We are supposed to be the “Ents”, a character from Tolkien’s books, the shepherds of the forest, the protector of the trees. Not only the trees, but the environment in general.

Drivers were also called out by the petitioners as it has always been their responsibility to drive safely and carefully. (One of the reasons stated by the government for the planned cutdown was road safety.) This is only a small step but of great impact in the awareness of protecting mother earth.


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Posted by Sugbo TV on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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Marel Baluyos
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  1. Kung nakaya natu ang sa Carcar.. why not whole Province?.. kita mga tao tagaan natu ug bili ug importansya ang mga kahoy kai sila naghatag natu ug presko nga hangin ug kalandong.. I hope lesson learned na natu tanan ang nahitabo sa Naga City,Cebu. Kita ang mag adjust nila dili sila. Makalakaw ta ug maka estorya.. sila naa ra diha. Salamat.

  2. Road widening is not bad. But when you talk about cutting the trees, lahi na pud nang isturya!. Nag hilom hilom ra na ang mga dagkong trees diha then in a sudden putlon ra! Cutting trees is not a solution para ma iwasan ang disgrasya!. Bisan putlon pa na ang tanang kahoy sa palibot, og padak on pa na ang tanang kalsada-bisan pag mo abot nag pulo (10) ka lane ang kalsada peru ang mga mga drivers tanang mo agihay ug kalsada kay mga reckless , tanang effort kay wala ra gihapon, pakyas gihapon ang tanang plano nga mahapsay ang dagan sa mga sakyanan sa road!. Passengers and drivers are held responsible for the consiquences they have done!.ang safety , mag start nas atung kaugalingun!. Why we blame the nature para ma alter lang ang atung ka danghag!. Kita mismo mag amping!. Dili kay mamasangil ta !. .

    Thank you i hope , ma enlightened tas reality!..


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