“‘Yung gagawin ho para dito sa Laguna de Bay, malawakan po yun. ‘Di po agarang magagawa ‘yan. Ihihinto po natin yung pag-angat ng tubig nang mabilis. Dike na malaking-malaki ‘yan, di ho kapiraso lang at medyo taon ho ang pinag-uusapan natin d’yan” said by President Benigno Aquino III when he visited Laguna a year ago for a relief operation. (source from inquirer.net).
In addition, that was not the first time when President Aquino told this dike project. He mentioned this back in 2012 when he visited flood victims of Marikina, Valenzuela, and Navotas.
Meanwhile, the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Aquino last August 1, 2014 has mentioned the construction of Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike again. A mega dike in Laguna is one of the top public private partnership (PPP) projects that would and a bid for it will take place before 2014 ends. Moreover, Aquino said that the government won’t spend anything, except for a portion of the reclaimed land that will serve as the payment to the winning bidder.
True enough, that this project would somehow help the residents to avoid flood. However, the project is long overdue. Perhaps the Aquino administration has not been prioritizing this plan. Was it because of poor delegation of duties, or because there were a pile of projects waiting to be implemented, too?
Even though the Laguna dike is not the primary solution for floods in the area, as simple waste management and observing a clean and green environment are still important. I hope that this project would not cause another problem. The eyes of the Filipino citizens are glaring with great expectations.
Written by: Janine Daquio