Category Archives: Environment

Promoting Economic Growth

It is an undeniable fact that improving infrastructure and its support facilities will promote economic growth because of its effect in the efficient transport of goods and the people. So the more time you’ll have in taking care of your business and not spend it on the road travelling will surely provide more opportunities for the growth and developing new business. And when President Benigno Aquino III mentioned in his latest State of the Nation Address (SONA) the construction of the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike, it opens a new day and hope for the people who live along the Laguna de Bay.

The Aquino administration envisioned that the said project aims to mitigate flooding along the coastal towns of Laguna de Bay and at the same time it is expected to ease traffic congestion in the nearby cities as it traverse from Taguig and passes though Muntinlupa and Calamba then ends up in Los Banos, Laguna. I guess it is now time to address the long standing issue of flooding in the area and authorities believe that the construction of the Laguna Dike will be the long term solution and will eventually put period to it as the residence have been suffering for quite a long time already.

The Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike project involves the construction of a 47-kilometer flood control dike and on top of which is a massive six-lane expressway from Taguig to Los Banos, Laguna with a series of bridges that connects them then pumping stations and floodgates will also be in place. That makes it the biggest and the flagship project of the Aquino administration which will be implemented through a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) under the Build-Operate-Transfer scheme. Authorities said that they are going to bid out the project before the end of 2014 and construction is expected to start late the following year and end in 2021.

And the same as with any other government projects, it doesn’t come by without any opposition especially to those living and will be displaced along the shoreline of Laguna de Bay. Many also believe that it is not the long term solution and will not solve the real flooding issues. I somehow, in one way agree that it may not be the long term solution but no one else do if we only rely on one single solution for these complex circumstances. But I also believe that the long stretch of the expressway will surely promote economic growth not only to the area but to the entire Philippine economy.

Image from dpwh.gov.ph

When Nature Builds a Living Bridge

It is indeed remarkable when humans use mother nature to its advantage by using the roots of the fig tress to build a living bridge. The photo below is a living example of how nature help people when utilized accordingly and properly. This living tree root bridge can be found in the village of Nongriat in Meghalaya, India. Villagers have been using the bridge for so many decades that it shows no signs of collapsing any time soon but of course the construction doesn’t happen overnight.

Enjoy watching the video below and let me know how wonderful mother nature is. Think green and save mother earth.

Image from Mail Online. Repost from hubby’s blog.

The Effects of What We Take for Granted

The video below is about an island in the middle of the ocean and it’s more than 2000 miles away from the nearest island. The name is Midway Island, home to many and different kinds of birds. At least that’s what the description from which I saw the video shared at “Why Don’t You Try This?” You cannot believe the consequences of the small things that we’ve done and its effects to the birds. And I am hoping that by sharing this video, would change our perspective in life and take a step forward, not just for the birds but also in the increasing global warming. After you’ve watch the video, don’t forget to share so everyone would know the effects of what we take for granted.

 

Humidity Isn’t Bad After All

Here comes the humid weather again and it has been like this for two days now. In fact, I already made a post like this last week and how it affects our day to day activities. But in some other way, it isn’t that bad after all since it helps us not to water the veggies that we planted in our backyard twice a day. At least we can save some time and effort in watering it everyday and it is also a big factor in water conservation. So hubby will just have to water them once a day during the afternoon as we are so lazy to wake up in the morning.

I noticed it when I am the one who waters the plants which will be my routine when hubby goes to work in the afternoon shift since he starts working at two and will be home past ten already at night. Anyway, you cannot help not to notice it since there are parts and areas on the soil that are still wet even when it was watered the night before. This kind of weather condition is nice as long as it won’t last longer just like what we experienced the other week that it was so humid for almost a week. I think this is much better than having 40 degrees heat from the sun.

NB: Image from wikimedia commons.

After the Heat Comes the Storm

After a week or so of humidity and a few days of intense heat, comes the sand storm and you know what will happen next. And if not then you should know that these fine sands (yeah, lots of them) will get into even the smallest hole or gap in your window panel and doors. So there will be dust all over the house again when this storm is done. It is the reason why all the window panels and all the sides of the doors in the house are all taped-up.

And that’s not all there is because I am just talking about the mess that it will bring inside the house and not yet the one that you can obviously see outside. As what I have said, aside from the very obvious fine sands all over the front yard, it also carries all the trash and whatever that the storm can carry with along the way. Sometimes if it’s so strong already and would last longer than we thought it is then it surely will make its own mini dunes. The worse thing is that it also blankets the windshield of hubby’s car and he is just lucky that the fittings of his car doors are still in good shape.