The Importance of a Flood Free and Clean Living Community

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The residents of Purok 5, Fellings Village, John Bosco District particularly in our area who are living near the riverbank or one of the low lying villages in the city, which is 3rd class city in the province of Surigao del Sur, Mindanao that had always been experiencing floods due to the rising of the river waters in that area. It has been, observed that even just a slight rain fall; flood occurs and brings devastation to the houses, and to the people especially rainy seasons. As one of the resident of our Purok, I already witnessed how my neighbors suffered from this problem. They always, evacuate and after that clean their houses and lastly repair what has been damaged from the flood. In fact, houses there were built in high story style to avoid floods coming to their houses.

As a concern citizen, it really encourages me to help the people. That is why, there is a need to create a program that will help and lessen the burden of the people living in that area. There is a need to spread awareness and promote disciplinary action through planning and making a proposal that will solve the old and same problems experienced by the people in our area. A program that will inset active community participation through voluntary work, for this program will let the people see the importance of a flood free and a clean living community.

Problem :

The number one problem in our community is flood. This problem is not new to the people in the community because it has been experienced several years ago and yet there is no solution being made. Problem is, people are not responsible enough in proper waste management, especially to the settlers near the river bank. Before, there are trees planted beside the river but now, it’s nowhere to be found but houses replacing the trees.

That is why when heavy rain fall came, rivers raise its waters and flood the people in the community. You can observe garbage floating in the water, worst is it can cause sickness to the settlers. People have no choice but to suffer from the result of irresponsibility of its improper waste management.

Formulation of Alternative solutions

It came up to my mind that i will have to make a proposal that will help the community. For this program to become a reality, I want to invite some partners to take part on this said proposal which called Environment Enhancement and Proper Waste Management Program. I want to invite the local government unit or the LGU, the DENR and the City health office to help me impose this proposal.

There must be information dissemination to the people in the community. There will be seminars and orientation to be conducted, about proper waste management, and result or outcome if they continue to practice their irresponsibility. The people must be inform and persuade to take part on voluntary action or “bayanihan” in cleanup efforts in river banks and in the community.

Plan of action

First the people must be organized to conduct meeting and open forum about the issue of floods and proper waste management. There will be seminars and workshop through inviting speakers from the city environment office on proper waste management programs, speaker also from the city health office that will discuss about the risk that will affect the health of the people if they will always experience flood and the like. Then, there will be schedule of river bank clean up at least twice a week by the people living in the community. There will be designation for marshals or the guards that will take charge of the river so that the people will not throw their garbage in the river.

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