BEFORE the onset of the rainy season, the public should give the government all the help it needs to be able to address the perennial problem of flooding in low-lying areas across the Philippines.
Despite the catastrophic effects of flooding, people and establishments continue to make a mockery of the government’s clean-up drive, dumping their garbage into esteros and other waterways.
Thus, we commend the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), chaired by retired Army Gen. Danilo “Danny” Lim, for launching its massive clean-up operations in the metropolis.
The campaign to clean MM’s stinking and heavily-silted esteros demonstrates to all the national government’s determination to prevent flooding in the metropolis and surrounding towns and cities.
Together with city and barangay officials, personnel of MMDA’s Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office (FCSMO) recently cleaned Estero de Binondo, one of Manila’s major esteros.
“Tuluy-tuloy ang ating dredging operations sa lugar para mapanatili ang kalinisan ng Estero de Binondo at mga kalapit na estero,” said Lim, who once commanded the elite Army Scout Rangers.
Lim said the MMDA is also in close coordination with the city government of Manila and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) “para matukoy ang pinagmumulan ng mga itinatapong basura sa mga estero.”
The MMDA chairman from Nueva Vizcaya added: “Makikipag-ugnayan kami sa mga orotidad para maparusahan ang mga establisyimentong nagtatapon ng kanilang basura direkta sa mga estero.”
At the same time, Lim called on the public to stop throwing their garbage, notably plastic materials, into esteros, canals and rivers because clogged waterways cause flooding during a heavy downpour.
Various quarters paid a glowing tribute to the MMDA and other concerned government offices and agencies for launching massive clean-up operations in the heavily-populated metropolis.
Without doubt, it’s a move in the right direction.