It is just a matter of days or weeks before these trees and 24 others along the side of the national highway in Haring, Canaman, Camarines Sur are cut by virtue of the Special Tree Cutting Permit issued by the DENR to give way to a commercial lot development and road widening projects. Is this really necessary even if the trees are standing inside a private property? Is there no other way for property development while saving the precious trees? Does private property not also have social and ecological functions? In the first place, who was in that place first and got in the way of whom? The trees or the landowner? (photo and caption contributed by a concerned citizen)