it’s bad enough that the state of our environment is so degraded that an hour or even less of heavy rain brings flash floods and gates-of-hell kind of traffic; what’s worse is hearing the same old crap from MMDA officials who blame it on garbage- and informalsettler-clogged waterways as though they had just found out and are now doing all they can.
as for the palace, abigail valte claims that there are flood control projects going on and that there is a master flood control plan “in various stages.” more she could, would, not say. i suppose the binay-roxas project to relocate informal settlers from along riverbanks and straddling esteros and canals is part of that master plan. if so, it’s obviously at a very early stage, and we see no signs that the effort can, will, be sustained given the lack of relocation sites.
unless, of course, vp & housing czar binay and DILG sec roxas, political rivals who are expected to slug it out for the presidency in 2016, try to outdo each other in the next three years. then we just might see results. hope springs eternal.