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Another mall expansion?
DION FERNANDEZ, Baguio City

I recently got wind of reliable news that SM City Baguio would expand its already huge area towards Gov. Pack Road, and that construction would begin immediately after the Panagbenga Festival has died down. If this is so, then it is of my opinion that such an undertaking would deal yet another devastating blow to Baguio as the so-called “City of Pines.”

Why is the local government silent about this? Is the City Council playing deaf to their promises of a much greener Baguio? Around a hundred mature pine trees are at stake, and I think it would do a great service to the people of Baguio if they told more to their constituents about any undertaking that involves Luneta Hill’s last remaining tree reserves.

If indeed this new expansion project is a go, then it would truly be a great shame to the people of Baguio. We should not be complacent nor be apathetic to the destruction of Baguio’s pine trees, since they ultimately are what Baguio is all about. Just because a private firm has a so-called “permit” for tree-cutting, such an atrocity doesn’t justify the degradation of Baguio’s already fragile status as an “environmentally friendly” city.

I implore those who still care to please be aware of whatever environmental rape Baguio is going through at the expense of so-called “progress” and “job creation.” Our pine trees should never be compromised for the sake of money.

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