MMDA will replace your trees brought down by Glenda


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Typhoon Glenda has brought down and destroyed almost anything and everything: posh, high-end malls that seemed invinciblealmost all of Metro Manila’s power supply; Albay’s coco industry; and even the grand, old trees that once mightily stood on rows and columns along Metro Manila’s bustling major highways.

But tree-huggers need not despair anymore, because the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will give out tree saplings to replace those toppled down by Glenda during its onslaught last week.

In a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, MMDA Chair Atty. Francis Tolentino announced on radio that they will be giving out free fire tree saplings starting on Wednesday to residents whose trees were damaged and lost by the typhoon’s strong winds.

Tolentino said that under MMDA’s “Replace Your Tree” program, they will be giving out 1,000 tree saplings provided by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to interested residents.

Residents will also have to undergo screening and lot inspection by the MMDA to ensure that the trees will indeed live long enough. They also have to learn pruning and trimming fire trees, so they may survive typhoons.

Those interested in joining the “Replace Your Tree” program may contact MMDA Metro Parkway Clearing Group head Francis Martinez at 0939-3790291.