MANILA, Philippines (2014) - The city of Manila lies in a body of waters, one of which is the estero. These narrow streams have become a place of settlement to many Manileño families; even some have already lived their whole lives in the esteros. For them, the estero means life.
But as time has gone by, some inhabitants might have seemed to forget to treasure the gift of life they got from nature. Their rubbish were not properly disposed transforming the whole estero their huge trash bin. It becomes a stream of filth.
The garbage blocking the esteros brings floods and diseases to the community.
These could risk the lives of the inhabitants.
In 2009, Tropical Storm Ondoy made the worst flooding Manila experienced. Leaving the areas of the esteros, especially Estero de Paco, submerged in floodwaters. Several residents of that community were forced to evacuate. Some left with fear and traumatized with the incident.
The storm’s aftermath has made the government to expedite their efforts to rehabilitate the polluted waters of Manila esteros. This clean up will lessen the flooding. The government is also doing an effort to educate the estero inhabitants of proper waste disposal.
The life that once the estero residents knew has becoming more of a threat to them if they still continue to disrespect nature. The estero means life but if not treated well it could also means death.