DENR blames flooding on overpopulation
(SPOT.ph) Man-made structures built to address housing needs for the growing number of people in Metro Manila block the natural flow of rivers and streams, according to Leo Jazareno, director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Mines and Geosciences bureau, in an interview for 24 Oras.
"Ang pinaka-kalaban natin ay population. Habang dumadami ang population, nag-e-encroach sa waterways. Inagawan natin yung tubig ng pupuntahan. Tapos 'pag may namatay na tao, sisihin natin yung ulan (Our biggest adversary is population. The more it grows, it encroaches the waterways. The water has nowhere to go. And then if someone dies, they’ll say it was due to the rain)," he said.
Jazareno also added that while natural waterways can keep up with the volume of rains, the draining of floodwaters is impeded. According to the report, Jazareno suggests that squatters who populate areas near major waterways, such as the Pasig river, be relocated.
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