Environmentalists from the city of DAVAO urge policymakers to incorporate “more sustainable, resilient, disaster-adaptable and environmentally sound” policies following the flooding in the city caused by heavy rain on Saturday evening April 10, 2021. Mark Penalver, Executive Director of Interfacing Development Interventions (Idis) said the incident “serves as an eye opener for the public and our policy makers” to incorporate strategies that play a role in addressing the city’s longstanding flooding problem.

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He said plastics contributed to the city’s flooding problem. “Last night’s floods are heartbreaking and a very unfortunate situation. The consequences are no different. It is definitely problematic to see a lot of waste (mostly plastics) being carried by the flood,” Penalver said. He added, “It shows how plastic is contributing to the flood situation in the city. What’s more, it reflects how much plastic is produced by the city and how the city and the community are not properly managing their waste.” Given the current political Penalver encouraged policymakers to develop “stricter” policies to address plastic pollution. “Let’s not forget to hold those who produce this plastic waste accountable and responsible. They are equally guilty of them Impact This was caused by their unsustainable practices, “he said. The Davao Sustainable Movement (SDM) also said the city’s “voracious appetite for single-use plas” tics, combined with a poor track record in recycling, poorly maintained, in a separate statement released on Sunday April 11th Runoff, diminishing trees in urban areas, shrinking open spaces, and climate change all of which contributes to the accumulation of water on roads after a heavy downpour. “Davao City has a long history of fighting floods and flooding last night is evidence that the city still has a long way to go,” said SDM. The group also cited “poor attitudes” from the public and authorities as factors that help cities grind to a halt after heavy rains. The use of plastics, increasing urban greenery, and rainwater harvesting all help fight flooding in cities after rains. “In addition, citizens need to act responsibly and ensure that that plastics are not thrown into the open air or into the sewers of the neighborhood, “said SDM is a coalition of multisectoral environmental organizations in Davao City and consists of Idis, Ecoteneo, Limadol, Break free from Plastic and Ecowaste Coalition. In a report by the Davao City Disaste r The Risk Reduction and Management Bureau which opens at 5:46 pm PM posted on the Davao Government Facebook page, some areas of Talomo, Toril and Poblacion counties, as well as other nearby areas, experienced moderate to heavy rainfall, while some areas of Baguio, Tugbok district experienced light to moderate rain and Calinan experienced. No forced evacuation has been reported, although some residents reported online about the water level below the knee. Some parts of the city center experienced immediately after the heavy rain. SunStar Davao turned to CDRRMO boss Alfredo Baluran for information on the aftermath of the flood incident. However, he has not responded at the time of going to press. The city information office has also not issued a press release on Saturday’s flooding areas, Sto municipal government. Tomas, Davao del Norte, reported a waist-deep flood in Barangay San Miguel on Sunday, April 11th, at 3 a.m. In a press release, 1,130 families were affected by the flash floods in Barangay San Miguel. Relief measures for the affected families In the meantime, six families with 22 people were severely affected by another flash flood in Barangay Macambol in Mati City on Saturday evening, April 10th. Reports from the Mati City Civil Protection Bureau on Sunday showed that the Purok Proper and Purok Proper floods affected Sitio Tambak of Barangay Macambol. Four homes are said to have been hit hardest by the flood, which has damaged their home and personal effects. Thirty other homes were also affected by the flood, but no damage was reported in the household mentioned.

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