LIMAY, Bataan- A former head of the Bataan Provincial Health Office (PHO) has advised the local government authorities to carry out extensive scientific analysis and monitoring of critical issues as effective inputs to insure the sustainability of the town’s economic growth.
Dr. Ruben Roque, now practicing his medical profession in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, USA expressed his observation based on reports of the residents about the depleting potable water source, disturbing air quality standard and growing number of informal dwellers in the coastal village of Lamao, this town.
Roque stressed the local government should immediately take explicit steps of providing constructive measures to mitigate the environmental and social problems of the fast growing industrial town in Central Luzon.
He said more stringent environmental policy and effective health programs must be pursued by the authorities to protect the residents from the adverse effects of rapid industrialization.
He recommended massive tree planting projects in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), agricultural and fishery sector, civic and religious group and other entities which are spearheading healthy environment.
The local government should focus its program of alleviating the plight of informal settlers by creating inter-agency task force to designate 50 hectares as probable relocation site in the upland village of Duale, Limay town , Roque said.
The proposed relocation site should have good road network, near to school and market, accessible to the informal settlers place of work and other amenities toward meaningful activities, Roque added.