Dredging silted rivers may not be the absolute solution for flooding communities across the country every time it rains for days during weather disturbances.
But certainly clearing up and digging up the sediments composed of fine clay and sand, and in some cases stones, rocks, boulders, and other debris in the river, which are deposited by cascading waters from the mountains, will help mitigate the impact of possible overflowing of the river causing flooding and destruction of properties and lives.
We have seen these disastrous events happening for years all over the country, and getting worse, during rainy and typhoon seasons and people have gotten used to it, even accepting it as normal occurrences.
But, could displacement and destruction of lives and properties brought about by a long and seemingly incessant downpour continue to be that – normal occurrences?
We can only be thankful that during these trying times we have concerned government officials in the persons of Agricultural Secretary Manny Piñol and President Rodrigo Duterte who have shown determination and resolve to do something, at least, to one main contributory factor to flooding and that is the dredging of the major rivers across the country.
Upon the recommendation of Piñol, the president has reportedly approved the dredging of the following major rivers:
- Agusan river, considered the third longest river in the country, that drains into the Butuan Bay at its mouth in Butuan City.
- Rio Grande deMindanao, also known as the Mindanao river and considered the largest river system in the country, begins near Butuan City and empties into the Moro gulf through Cotabato City.
- Pampanga river traverses the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija until it drains into Manila Bay.
- Cagayan river, also known as Rio Grande de Cagayan, is the longest and 2nd largest river in the country, flows through the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela and Cagayan until it reaches its mouth at the Babuyan Channel.
Indeed, this is a very welcomed development.