The price we had to pay for progress

Buildings facing pasig river in black and whiteWhat is the price of progress? Judging from the photo above there is a price to be paid in this case the death of a river. Pasig River was a major trade route during the Spanish times in the Philippines but due to poor urban planning it can now be classified as a major sewage system for Metro Manila. Industrial and domestic waste coming from factories and illegal settlers along its banks are the major contributor to the slow death of the river.

Several past administration tried to revive the river but unless there is a political will to remove all those factories and illegal settlers from its banks, programs will fail.

Photo taken at the back of Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila using an iPhone 4S and olloclip wide-angle lens.

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