Senators are pressing for the immediate desilting and dredging of Laguna de Bay as well as other rivers and waterways to help prevent flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Senator Richard Gordon proposed that desilting the Laguna de Bay would increase the lake’s holding capacity for rainwater and floodwater, which would spare surrounding communities from being submerged during the typhoon or rainy season.
He recalled that the Hungarian Foreign Minister earlier offered a 30-million-dollar assistance from his government to the Philippines for the rehabilitation and water treatment of Laguna Lake. He added a formal offer was made during his bilateral meeting with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.
Senator Manny Pacquio suggested that all tributaries in flood-prone areas be dredged by at least 10 meters, especially those in low-lying and catch-basin areas in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga and Pangasinan.