Buzz: A problem like Colis St.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Drainage water that overflowed on Colis St. in Tabunok, Talisay City was pumped out and cleared by Saturday, to the relief of storeowners whose sales suffered when the area was flooded.

The estero water was so foul-smelling, one could smell it from the Tabunok flyover. Only customers with the toughest stomachs can bear to go near the shops located along Colis St., that small road next to the old Tabunok Public Market.

But how long will Colis St. remain dry?

WHEN government workers cleaned up the flooded street, they found lots and lots of garbage—mainly plastic bags—that clogged the drainage pipe. The volume of garbage unearthed from the drainage cannot be blamed on one person. It is the fault of many: the local government for not educating its people about waste management and sticking to an efficient garbage management system; the residents who throw their wastes anywhere except in garbage bins and for not bringing along recyclable bags when shopping; and businesses and manufacturing firms that continue to use plastic as packaging.

Without proper waste management and regulation on the use of plastic bags and packaging, Colis St. will be flooded again, and so will other streets in low-lying urban areas.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 27, 2014.

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