All the trees in Baguio City help provide oxygen, cleanse smog particulates, absorb CO2, increase and hold ground water level and prevent landslides.
They also provide shade and reduce temperature, I m p r o v e u r b a n soil/water/air quality; conserve energy, decrease storm water run-off, lessen noise and windspeed, calm traffic, reduce glare, and; serve as aesthetic sense of place.
Without the trees, oxygen recharge to the atmosphere will not be possible, thereby increasing potential upper respiratory tract ailments such as asthma which attacks easily children, because smog particulates cannot be cleansed. Already, the World Bank declared Baguio City as having a very high pollution level.
Without the trees, carbon dioxide sequestration will not be possible, thereby increasing pollution level and health risks, especially to the young.
Without the trees, water supply will diminish and aggravate further the water problem in the city.
Without the trees, potential landslides, soil and water runoff and mudflows will increase as there will be no vegetative cover to protect the soil from torrential rains and absorb water.
Without the trees, the water holding capacity of the soil will lessen, like a foam already drenched, and will result to serious water run-off.
Without the trees, it will be warmer in the city, which is known or was known for its cool climate.
We therefore urge our City Council to make this City Ordinance now, as it is their duty and responsibility.