Polluted and congested waterways in Minglanilla, Cebu, Philippines lead to dengue

The open type sewers and the fact no treatment happens is part of the problem. The next being the abandonment of plastic bags, old tyres and a lot of other things that just don’t decompose. Result a sludge ridden waterway full of stagnant water that is not only a breeding ground for mosquito’s but a waterway that no longer functions. Why is flooding such a problem throughout the Philippines? same reason the waterways regardless if a concrete drain or a wide river garbage is disregarded into it in the same manner. It reaches a point where it snags on something and slowly these build up to a large amount of waste stuck in the river etc. which reduces water flow. End result flooding as poor maintenance and a high disregard of personal responsibility on keeping the waterways clear cause a cycle that often leads to death directly or indirectly. The flooding where people drown or mosquito’s breeding spreading Dengue and in some parts Malaria which have high death tolls. I have had Dengue twice myself and the first time there was a lot of fear in people around me that I would die due to the way it attacked my immune system it literally took me from healthy to unable to walk more than 10ft without having to lay back down. I was one of the lucky ones but I wonder how much more lucky I would have been if these breeding pits like the one in the photo didn’t exist.

16 comments for “Polluted and congested waterways in Minglanilla, Cebu, Philippines lead to dengue

  1. Tropicalpenpals
    July 19, 2010 at 6:01 am

    I think it needs dredging to get all the sludge out. With these sort of problems no wonder flooding happens.

  2. Liz Urquhart
    July 19, 2010 at 6:01 am

    mozzies (mosquitoes) surely would love this place for breeding sa ingon niini nga walay proper drainage……

  3. Liz Urquhart
    July 19, 2010 at 6:03 am

    I don't think dredging will help a lot/do any good as the people were using this place for dumping their rubbish at all times….

  4. Catherine Castañares Alcivar
    July 19, 2010 at 6:04 am

    This would be a candidate for Malaria

  5. Liz Urquhart
    July 19, 2010 at 6:04 am

    you're not wrong here, Cath, kay ang mga mozzies/flies maoy good carrier of those sickness…….

  6. Jr
    July 19, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Clean your own backyard…..

  7. Romeo
    July 19, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Technically we are not afraid of malaria because we have none here in Cebu, it is the dreaded dengue that scares us all.

  8. Catherine Castañares Alcivar
    July 19, 2010 at 6:07 am

    What's the difference between Malaria and Dengue which I never heard before? I heard Mindanao has been known for Malaria.

  9. Romeo Delima
    July 19, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Yes malaria is present in Mindanao but not here in our Cebu, thank God. Mosquito causing malaria is different from mosquito causing dengue.

  10. Romeo Delima
    July 19, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Dengue is more deadlier than malaria, In my humble opinion and knowledge.

  11. Zeny Tecson Peacock
    July 19, 2010 at 6:09 am

    is there snakes on that water?

  12. Catherine Castañares Alcivar
    July 19, 2010 at 6:10 am

    What? An Anaconda? Snakes are terrifying. It looks like that river could have snakes slithering down there

  13. Mamirasol Cabije
    July 19, 2010 at 6:10 am

    If they can't control the open drainage, it will help to pour used oil to this area to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

  14. Romeo Delima
    July 19, 2010 at 6:11 am

    i beg to disagree with you, Mamirasol. it is not good to our environment either. I am not sure, but i heard from my brother that there is a specie of fish that thrive on canals and drainages that eat mosquito eggs or the likes. Maybe we can release them in our canals and continue the symbiotic process of nature. I am not sure of this fish.

  15. Catherine Castañares Alcivar
    July 19, 2010 at 6:12 am

    I agree with Romeo. It is always best to do the natural thing instead of using human intervention by applying used oil contamination. That would just add up to the environmental problem that it already is. Here where I live in the New England region of the US in the s, we still deal with mosquitoes in the summer. Using a natural repellent spray, we spray the parts of our bodies that aren't covered with our clothes. The repellent keeps the bugs away. You cannot really stop mosquitoes. You can protect yourself from it. In Pinas where it is always warm, people have to constantly deal with mosquitoes, so doing something with the canals and drainage would help control them. Only an environmental expert would have a better answer to that. People need to change their habits, too, to keep a cleaner environment. They need to be more pro-active to address the environmental problems of their surroundings to the town leaders and even to create some type of non-profit organization to raise money for a greener and cleaner environment. They could possibly start a marathon program for a cause such as to find sponsors to pay you to bike, hike, or whatever to raise funding. That could possibly include cleaning certain areas that have been neglected. Environmental problems affect everybody's health, especially, the children. It takes leaders (it can be anybody who has a vision) and the heart to really create something to make a change for the good of the town.

  16. Andrew Swarbrick
    July 20, 2010 at 9:21 am

    These kind of waterways are common place here, we have one at the back of our place down the road it is actualy in front of Makati med how it has been alowed to turn into what it has is beyond me. There is small shany area that exists which is right on that same water way whicvh has also added to the issue of people dumping tjheir human waste into it like animals. If you fell inot this water way im not sure you would live long after it is prety much stangnent now but when we get lots of water it starts to move which again causes floodign until the presure is enough to break it through. Personal i would care less if people choose to crap on their own doorways but everytime there is a small amount of rain then the smell that comes out of that place is terible we even get it 18 stories up the AC sucks it in and it is awful. Time someone burnt these bludy slum areas to the ground and cleaned up that river so we can all live without the constant smell especialy during wet season!