Sunday, April 21, 2013

Power to the People

Santa Monica subdivision, once the premiere location to live in the Barretto/Subic area suffered horrendous flooding in 2012. Water levels ran from one to three meters deep in most homes.

Local elections will be held May 11. Mayors and house representation are up for grabs. Banners have begun to appear around the Santa Monica and Santo Tomas areas asking people to elect people who will work to control flooding.  Urbanization, lax planning laws, illegal fish ponds, desforestation, inadequate storm drainage and lack of river dredging all contribute and cause flooding.

"All politics is local." U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil coined this phrase which encapsulates the principle that a politician's success is directly tied to his ability to understand and influence the issues of his constituents. "Politicians must appeal to the simple, mundane and everyday concerns of those who elect them into office." In this case flooding.

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