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Isang Araw Na Walang Pakundangan

(Photo courtesy: Andy Zapata)

Nabubuwang na ata ang administrasyon ng SM Baguio ngayon. Binakuran nila yong likod na veranda ng plywood na napinturahan ng kulay berde para sa kanilang pagpapanggap na maka-kalikasan. Masyadong dikit-dikit yong mga plywood at sobrang taas ng mga bakod kaya wala ka talaga pagkakataon na makita o masilip kung ano ang kaganapan sa likuran ng bakod na ito. At, nahalata nyo ba na bawat palapag, may gwardiya na sa may bakod? Sabi noong kakilala ko, pag sumilip ka raw sa butas ng bakod (kung meron man) ay pipituhan ka ng mga gwardiya; bawal daw. Pero noong nagawa niyang makapuslit, nakita niyang puro mga damo na lang ang natitira.

Sa pagsuporta sa pag-boycott sa SM, natuto na ako magparada ng aking sasakyan sa labas ng mall. Pero siguro pagdating ng tag-ulan, mapipilitan akong magparada sa loob. Sinisikap ko at ginagawan ko ng paraan na hindi na bumili sa pangunahing tindahan ng mall – grocery, department store, mga kaalyadong pamilihan. Kahit man lang sa gaanong paraan, maboycott ko ang mall. Ayon, napipilitan ako lakarin magmula sa labas papasok sa mall at pabalik sa paradahan.

Kaninang pagkatapos ko mag-work-out, napansin ko, maraming naka-ilaw na flourescent bulbs kung saan may mga puno. Naalala ko lang kasi na may TEPO na na-issue yoong huwes. Pero bakit mag-iilaw doon sa may banda ng mga puno kung walang ginagawa sa banda roon? E kung sa parking area nga mismo, pagsapit ng alas-otso pinapatay na yong mga ilaw, sa may puno pa? O baka naman concerned lang ang SM sa mga puno na papatayin  kaya nila iniilawan? Malamig sa gabi, ganyan; parang mga sisiw sa poultry.

(Photo courtesy: http://rappler.com)

Habang papalapit ako sa aking sasakyan, napansin ko, may dalawang pulis na sumisilip sa bintana ng aking sasakyan. Akala ko titiketan nila ako o huhulihin pero lumampas naman sila paglapit ko. Naalala ko, nirorondahan pala nila ang palibot ng SM baka naman may mag-rarally ulit or magtapon ng bomba. Teka teka… e yong mga bahay namin, ninanakawan na at lahat, walang pulis na nagroronda, bakit sa SM, meron? Ano ba yon, ang mga Baguio’s Finest Policemen, bayaran na ba para pangalagaan ang pamunuan ng SM kesa mga mamamayan ng Baguio? Nasa loob ba ng bakuran ng SM ang buong siyudad ng Baguio? Hooong labo nyo naman mga tsong.

Oo nga pala, pag na-earthball/treeball ninyo yong mga puno, saan nyo naman sila itatambak habang ginagawa ninyo yong expansion ng mall? Sa bahay ni Hans Sy? Sa bahay ng mall manager? Sa bahay ni Domogan sampo ng kanyang mga councilor na nagkanulo sa mga mamamayan ng Baguio? or sa DENR secretary?

Kanina, nabalitaan ko, nakakuha na naman ng bagong permit ang SM para halukayin ang mga puno. Pero ito, seryosong tanong: pag na-earthball/treeball nila yong mga puno, saan naman nila ito ilalagak habang ginagawa yoong expansion ng mall? Iuuwi ba ng mga empleyado yong mga puno? Hay peste lang. O ayan, tingnan ninyo na lang ang link na ito para mag-enjoy naman kayo

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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Environment, Personal

 

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Earth-Balling Pine Trees, SM and Lies

How does a baby survive inside a mother’s womb? PLACENTA… It is one of the 3 layers of membranes that serve to protect the baby during the course of pregnancy. It serves like a siphon for blood, nutrients and oxygen from the mother’s blood to the fetus. Once separated prematurely from the uterus (condition known as abruptio placentae/placental abruption), the baby dies. Thus during child birth, the normal process is that the baby is delivered first, the umbilical cord is cut, before the placenta separates.

Now let’s consider the seemingly irrelevant trees. For trees to survive, it also needs a placenta that will serve to absorb water and minerals from the soil. Unknown perhaps to others, the roots don’t just work simply that way. Roots depends on a very microscopic structures to do the absorptive function, the root hairs.

Root hairs (photo: http://www.wikipedia.org; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_hairs )

The root hairs are the small tiny projections that emanates from the smallest branching of the root system. They perform the absorptive function of the roots just like how placenta works for babies. They are microscopic (invisible to the naked eye) delicate yet crucial to the survival of a tree. That removing these minute structure such as in uprooting/earth-balling them is likened to placental abruption. This also causes the tree to starve (shock state) until it dies.

So explain to me how a successful earth-balling of trees work…

Being a microscopic structure, you will literally need microscope to identify these small structures. For you to be able to preserve these intact in your attempt to uproot one tree, it may take you years. With what SM Baguio is doing right now, they are uprooting these trees recklessly. Few minutes, you see trees shaking and then next minute, you see them fall.

(Photo courtesy: Baguio Bushman)

In the SM Baguio tarpaulin poster presentation of it’s expansion plan, it stated there that the mall developer has partnered with a US firm, expert on such matters, to safeguard and ensure the survival of the trees. See the picture above… does that really convince you they did such consultation? SM, are you implicating that the US firm you have partnered with are these effective?

Few years ago, World Bank categorized Baguio as the most polluted city in the country. Weren’t we enraged? That’s why that meter that monitors how many parts per million of pollutants was installed there at the foot of Session Road. Things were done and now we’re no longer considered one. Our trees have done their part. Now if we try to remove those existing trees, aren’t we going back to our old “most polluted city?” It’s ironic because Baguio City is already in the Hall of Fame of The Cleanest and Greenest City in the country.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Environment, Personal

 

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