The Rivers in Mandaue
In Mandaue, there are four main rivers that the general public may have overlooked.
Running through Subangdaku into the Mactan Channel, the Mahiga Creek had become a home for a number of informal settlers, until the local government started clearing homes in the area.
Subsequently, it is significantly polluted, and the overflow from the creek often causes flooding in the area. The Department of Public Works and Highways have even dredged a portion of the creek in the hopes of alleviating the flooding.
Another waterway that had undergone dredging through the DPWH, the Tipolo Creek is also a location for severe flooding during the rainy season. Intersecting through the national highway and alongside some of Mandaue’s biggest commercial centers, the flooding of Tipolo Creek causes more than a slight inconvenience.
A major waterway in Mandaue City, the Subangdaku River goes through several barangays before merging with the Mahiga Creek and emptying into the Mactan Channel. As such, it was also involved in major discussions for flood control.
The Butuanon River is one of the province’s longest bodies of water, passing through both Cebu and Mandaue Cities and into the Mactan Channel. Many informal settlers and developments have sprouted up near the river, contributing to its degradation.
The Butuanon River had been previously declared dead, but efforts from the government agencies and environmental advocates have caused major improvement. Now the river is considered 25% rehabilitated, with continuing programs and policies to nurse it back to health.
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