Monday, August 30, 2004

Rich Man, Poor Man

Dear Mouse,

According to Kevin Rodolfo, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois in Chicago and currently adjunct professor at the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences, the worsening flood problems of the country could be blamed to both the rich and the poor; the rich for their fishponds, housing projects and logging operations and the poor for their dependence on artesian wells.

The “sins” of the rich are not new to me but the “sin” of the poor makes me wonder what other options do they have for their source of water.

The fishponds operation is not a mortal sin but altering the flow of river in order to expand the ponds is :

Rodolfo stated:

"There are fishponds which are 30 hectares on paper, but aerial photos show they are actually 60 hectares," he said. Because their owners widen their property by carving up the natural banks, the river's width becomes irregular, and its water flow gets choked.”

"But nature is not like that because a river allowed to run its course gets wider downstream”

“It's the rich "who could afford" the manpower and machines capable of wiping out patches of forests whose root systems hold the soil together and prevent erosion and rainwater runoffs from the uplands down to the plains.”

As to the poor, he pointed out that they are guilty of the least understood but it is actually most important cause of flooding, the land subsidence.

He said:

“Their excessive extraction of groundwater through artesian wells that could run 24 hours a day, causes land subsidence. This simply means that the land has been "going down" by up to almost a centimeter each year closer to sea level, making the area more flood-prone.”

The Cat sez:

If artesian wells contribute to causes of flooding, where are the poor going to get their water ?

The Ca t

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At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morning Cat,
off topic to...
what kind of a cat is that that drinking water off the glass? A NAKED one? hehehe

 
At 9:06 PM, Blogger bayibhyap said...

Access to clean water is a basic right that is the responsibility of the government. Even if there is no piped water to each house, community stand pipes should be available. Citizen pay taxes. Anyway, the government takes loans from international bodies. What are these loans for?

Poor enforcement (probably with money lining the pockets of the enforcement officers) is the reason why plans that are approved for 30-hectare fish ponds end up 60.

Land development should be approved only if the plans come with adequate drainage provisions. But then again, enforcement is another matter.

 
At 10:24 PM, Blogger cathcath said...

most of the fishpond owners are politicians.who is going to investigate who ?

the naked cat signifies the naked truth.

 
At 11:42 PM, Blogger BatJay said...

artesian wells cause floods? perhaps in the long run pero di naman siguro ang real cause - i.e. basura, clogged drainage dahil sa basura, undersized pipes sa mga drains dahil nagtipid ang contractor at kailangan pa kasing bigyan ng lagay ang gobyerno, nawawalang mga estero (i shit you not, mayrong mga estero sa maynila na naglaho) at marami pang iba.

kailangan na talaga natin ng delubyo para mahugasan na ang buong pilipinas ng lahat ng masasamang bagay.

 
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