Typhoon alert: ready to trim trees

By: Doris C. Bongcac July 23,2014 - 08:23 AM

To avoid, potential danger and inconvenience,Veco contractors trimmed the trees along Gorordo. (CDN PHOTO/JAY ROMMEL LABRA)

WITH typhoon “Inday” coming this weekend, Cebu City City Hall has been swamped with requests to send crews to trim tree branches.

A team of five persons equipped with a chainsaw and rope can be fielded, but requests have to be prioritized, said Councilor Dave Tumulak, head of the city’s command center which handles emergency calls.

Requests can be made through mobile and landline phone numbers.

Residents have to produce a photograph of the tree to be trimmed and a barangay resolution to support the request.

“But the barangay resolution can come later, especially if the need for the trimming is urgent,” he said.

The command center has been flooded with requests to cut tree branches in the past two weeks due to strong winds and rains of typhoons “Glenda” and “Henry.”

Wind monitoring at the city’s command center shows that the habagat or monsoon northerly winds were at its strongest last Monday at 37 kph and slightly weakened to 35 kph yesterday.

Schools and homeowners have been making requests to have trees trimmed to prevent branches and leaves from falling on electric wires and roofs.

“We can always trim and even cut trees without waiting for permit from DENR for as long as the tree poses danger to nearby occupants,” Tumulak said.


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