Is This River Conversion Into A Road?
Dr. Vicente S. Quimpo from Kalibo and Dumga, Makato, Aklan has written Ms. Marlene Aborka, Office In-Charge, CENRO, Kalibo. The letter with picture enclosed, states Dr. Quimpo’s opinion on the quarrying for gravel and sand at Dumga river, Makato.
Dr. Quimpo’s letter is printed below:
February 16, 2015
Forester Marlene Aborka
Office in Charge
Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)
Dear Ms. Aborka,
I became aware of your commendable efforts to lessen the suffering of our people with the launching of Advocacy and Social Mobilization Campaign on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with PIA. It is a very relevant activity as disasters had been experienced by many of our people causing thousands of deaths, sufferings and broken lives among the survivors. Many of the solutions to prevent climate change is very difficult to achieve that we merely have to adapt to mitigate the disastrous effects of climate change.
But a very effective solution and readily attainable is to protect the environment that naturally acts as protection to the severe effects of extreme weather. I am talking about protecting our rivers that act as spillage network of massive rainfall preventing severe and sudden flooding.
This has happened in Dumga river upstream from the Dumga bridge passing through our very economically and tourism important highway to Boracay Is. A construction company in the process of quarrying for gravel and sand has dumped tons of these materials ON THE RIVER GROUND MAKING A ROAD OUT OF THE RIVER. This is a very gross act river destruction which will definitely cause severe flooding in the area when the typhoon season begin which has become almost year-round.
Please look into this matter immediately before any disaster to happen for innocent lives are at stake here. Enclosed are pictures to show the present state of the river.
Dr. Vicente S. Quimpo
The Medical City /MP