After office last Tuesday I went straight to Alabang Public Market. Whenever I pass by that area I can’t help but look at the once beautiful Rio Alban (Mangangati). People that shop at Festival Mall are amazed to see turtles, tilapia, dalag and hito in abundance. Surprisingly, these animals still manage to survive in that fast deteriorating river. I’ve witnessed how that area, once a scrubland, lose its natural beauty over the years. Its really sad.
The portion of the river next to Southstation is now partially being reclaimed. How can city officials allow such development?
So when you buy land and a river runs through it, you can do whatever you want with it. You can divert the river or dump dirt on it. It does not matter if the area around you gets flooded. You own the land. No one can question you even the government. I’m sure these developers feel pretty good about this.
As I watch this town develop beyond the level normal to an average municipality in the country — I wonder if losing our natural resources is part of this thing called progress. If it is – in time we would all live to regret it.