PH needs to upgrade technique of relocating trees affected by infra projects

/ 11:57 AM September 14, 2023
PH needs to upgrade technique of relocating trees affected by infra projects

Modern earth balling machine

A proposal to upgrade the technique of relocating trees affected by road widening and other infrastructure projects must be given funding to save more trees.

The proposal has been forwarded in the House of Representatives to establish a yearly budget dedicated to the relocation of trees that may be impacted by road expansion and various infrastructure projects.


Spearheaded by Leyte Representative Richard Gomez, who is the proponent of this initiative, said that this move was outlined in House Bill 9124 he filed before the House.

The primary objective of this bill is to allocate financial resources for the acquisition, upkeep, and deployment of a minimum of one set of specialized machinery referred to as “earth-balling equipment” per region.


These machines will be utilized in initiatives aimed at enhancing road systems and other developmental endeavors.

The funding allocation proposed in this bill will be integrated into the annual budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Under Gomez’s legislative proposal, an earth-balling machine is defined as a mechanized apparatus that is specifically engineered to relocate trees that obstruct the process of widening roads.

In elaborating on the significance of this measure, Gomez emphasized that the earth-balling method guarantees the survival and ongoing growth of transplanted trees.

This, in turn, contributes to the preservation of environmental equilibrium and the ecological health of the affected areas. Gomez stated in a press release, “This process is indispensable as it facilitates the coexistence of infrastructure development and environmental sustainability.”

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