By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Re-electionist Senator Richard J. Gordon has underscored the importance of respecting the environment as Mother Nature continues to unleash more destructive storms pounding the Philippines every year.
Citing his experience as the chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, Gordon said the country must lean towards “green” infrastructures that are considerate of the environment, resilient towards the weather, and provide less carbon footprint to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
“Dapat lagyan ng intersector canals para hindi biglang bagsak ang tubig katulad ng nangyari sa Cagayan de Oro, biglang nakaroon ng log jam, nagkaroon ng clogging sa taas, sumabog yung mga kahoy, bumagsak yung tubig, maraming nalunod maraming namatay. Ganun din sa Ondoy,” he said, recalling the devastation brought by Typhoons Sendong and Ondoy.
“So tayo, andami-dami nating population, dapat talaga ‘yung mga drainage natin na hinaharangan ng mga illegal settlers, ‘yung mga mayayaman nilalagyan ng dam, ‘yung mga dike natin, mga fishponds natin sa Central Luzon hinaharangan ‘yan at nababara tuloy ang tubig, mas malaki ang damage,” he added.
Powerful storms have continued to dampen the country’s recovery effort from the ongoing pandemic, as Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) unleashed a devastating blow to numerous provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. (ai/mtvn)