When you hear the word drainage what’ comes into your mind, most of us are easily unaware and neglect the importance it brings to a municipality and the bigger crowded city. The world is consider as biggest free flowing drain system with its oceans leading to rivers, valleys of waters, tributaries and canals and vice versa. It’s a self cleaning system with the aid of weather storms and rains to introduce movement in some stalled bodies of water. It was from the same principle that humankind lifted and adapted the idea to have a free flowing neat and clean easy to maintain system that makes the public places sanitary clean and a great place to live in. That’s the ideal while the opposite is the reality.
Drainage system helps the waterways flow into connected discharge points and maintain a flood and dry free road and walkways. Imagine a place where there’s no working drainage system installed. Sooner there’ll be propagation of moats and a wet and slippery road and pavement is quite dangerous to step into. Study shows that a proportionate sizes of a certain number of users or census in a given place or community must be consider with a future demand also taken into account to have a working system in place. In the Third world country’s lack of a working drainage systems produce diseases and unsanitize surroundings with the easy propagation of insects and rodents. It’s a sickness in the place where garbage are left to rot into its own and finding its place in waterways such as rivers doing harmful effect of a clogged and stalled bodies of water. Rainy season adds dilemma through floods and causing fatal results to the community.
Here in our country especially the metropolitan Manila you’ll see a lot of diggings and drainage improvement works going on and it’s naturally difficult for them the service provider to finish it in a flash due to lack of planning and innovation to do it. I’ve witnessed the same methodology of replacing a pipe lines of smaller size to a bigger one but with the same methology. Engineering science must’ve improve it as there should be somebody to tell them let’s do it in a way it’s done with a QRMW or Quick-Replacement-Methodology-Work. Putting out the use of backhoe to dig the good pave sidewalk creating a larger cost to restore things like this prolong the schedule that also prolong the agony of the common people. An introduction of a interconnected performance specs concrete box lines where a pipeline made of a material that can be recycle into a bigger one due to a future demand will save money, time and agony. We have the best chemist to formulate a type of pipe that can withstand the melting effect of acid, oil, crude which should have been handle with utmost care in the first place but the who cares attitude add burden to the existing problem. Our drainage system needs big time improvement if we are serious in addressing floods including the integration of pumping motor stations to pre-identified low-level areas with a road elevation lower than that of a sea level. We keep on improving the system but of the same method and material and it’s an eye opener to the new leadership to tinker and provide advance solutions on a long term and effective way to the benefit of the community. It’s doable and viable. Whoever say it’s not must give his position to others for the love of the country. We are rich in historical culture credible to be a part of our tourism industry but outside the walls of this richness lays the eyesores of dug-earth, huge concrete pipes and heavy equipments making our roads a good source of accidents and slowing down traffic resulting to a chaotic city we are.
Again it’s a D2D for us which means Discipline to our Drainage to bring us a cleaner and sanitize surroundings free of clutter and unblocking traffic of human and cars. A clean city reflects the true discipline of everyone of us so don’t forget but make it a habit to participate even your smallest way of putting candy wrappers in your pocket or throw it in a trash bins. Kick those litters away from drain system to ensure it will not add up to clog the system and promote individual discipline at home to assure every Filipino people to be educated about proper sanitation. We don’t need to spend billions for TV commercials to promote it, instead it can be donated to improve the physical facilities and reap the fruits of a better drainage system for the next 50 years.
I am calling you to participate without a avarice in promoting good sanitation in managing our trash continuously and never let ourselves to be trap in a ningas-cogon culture and convince our neighbors to do the same. The road and the streets belongs to us including the holes under it and nobody will take care of it except us.