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Floods in the metropolis

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When will Filipinos ever learn?


This poser is raised every time there is heavy downpour which comes with big floods in Metro Manila and other areas in the country. During the latest floodings, at least 15 were killed, thousands were evacuated, properties and crops, livestock and fishponds were destroyed. Then classes, offices, courts, flights are suspended for as long as floodwaters and rains threaten certain areas. Factories too are affected and so production is at stand still.


What is clearly visible during the last heavy rains in Metro Manila was the coming fast of water from the mountains going into Marikina, and the lower portion of the metropolis and areas near the mountains and hills. Then the water comes with mud and soil, indicating that the mountains in Rizal, Bulacan and Laguna and trees therein may have been wantonly destroyed.


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) should do something about this destruction of natural resources, especially by the profit-oriented and greedy subdivision developers, miners and builders of factories and the quarry operators. While the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) has initiated with the private water concessioners and civic groups the planting of trees in the mountains, especially in the watersheds near the water sources and reservoir, all citizens should take it upon themselves to join the initiative and report people and groups destroying the mountains which are among the best protection against floods.

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