In a surprising move, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines has blamed overpopulation and poverty as the primary causes of flooding in Metro Manila.
Fr. Gregory D. Gaston, an expert in demographics, has said on one ocassion that, “overpopulation [is a] hoax, … all demographic data and figures point to the contrary.”
“The world’s population is rapidly aging, and by 2050, is set to collapse. Even the Philippines’ growth rate is rapidly declining,” he said.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has called on the Philippine government to address the real issues “such as corruption, lack of social and economic services, lack of access to education and the benefits of development, social inequities.”
Mines and Geosciences Bureau head Leo Jazareno did say, however, that the Pasig River is in need of dredging as it is unable to serve its function. The river rises during torrential rains and water overflows into Pasig, Marikina, Pateros, Taguig, Muntinlupa and Paranaque.
Jazareno further recommends to relocate informal settlers living along the waterways to reduce chances of clogging the natural water ways.