Bataan Floods

It’s waterworld in Bataan and it’s not something to be happy about.
Transportation is paralyzed in some parts, hospitals are affected and patients
need to be transferred to the other hospitals, classes and work are suspended
and to those who preferred not to leave their houses are trapped and are waiting to be rescued.

I am not new to experiencing flood. In fact, I lived 16 years of my life in a low-lying barangay
that is prone to floods. But the rainfall of yesteryears is not as heavy as the rainfall of today volume-wise.
Truly, climate change is something that has a devastating effect not only on the environment but to
the people, as well.

Some would assume that maybe the culprit is the non-biodegradable wastes or the “basurang itinapon, babalik din sa ‘yo.”
I find this unbelievable because I’ve seen how disciplined they are in waste segregation and proper disposal.
In Balanga, garbage collectors roam around the city for at least three times a day.

Over the years, we’ve seen road and drainage repairs in Bataan. Clogged drainages and improper disposal of
wastes can cause flooding. But since I don’t think that improper waste disposal is the main culprit of the flooding,
then we need to check the effectiveness of our drainage system.

We were short of water supply last year but this year, there is too much raining and our soil has become
over-saturated with water. Climate change, isn’t it? We don’t need to bear living on our flooded villages if
there is something that we can do to lessen, if not eliminate flooding.

I’m sure that our local government has a zoning plan that defines which part of the town is residential, commercial,
agriculture and maybe, forest land. Prioritize the low-lying barangays for the drainage improvement and plant trees
that will help absorb rainwater. Digging of creeks and rivers to deepen it and building of strong dikes around it.
These are all long-term goals that require BIG funds and thorough planning.