These are few of my countless childhood promises that I have made. A promise, that it still reminisce me every time I see this death river that was once a lively, a colorful and a happy river in the past. But now, it has gone its vivid wildness that was once a great attraction to the neighboring locals of yesterdays. This great river supplied water to the city coming from the highest mountain region called the Batorampon point in the peninsula of Zamboanga City Philippines. The water flows directly to the river canal at the Tumaga district then it passes through the Tetuan district and then next to barangay Tugbungan and lastly to the Tictabon channel what it is now polluted water.
Way back in the early 80’s, neighbors surrounded along the river were once lucky enough to benefit from it. The water was crystal clear and through that it creates rapids. Sometimes you could see them catching a lobster, a shrimp and most of all the local fish called Tilapia by using their home-made fishing nets. Some had benefitted the river for their household needs wherein they dig a deep hole at the sand dune that is five meters away from the river and three meters deep to filter a crystal clear, clean drinking water. Since the pipe from the water district at that time is limited only for those residences along the main road. While for those staying in the interior vicinity at the ...
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... of new investments in building human capacity as well as physical infrastructure are all factors that contributing to the water crisis we are facing right now (sources: http://www.mg.co.za/article/2007-03-22-world-water-day-highlights-global-crisis). He says that if this practices continue in taking for granted, UN-water warns that in 2015 the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) will not meet the target proportion of people to have access to safe drinking water and also will not be met either the basic needs of good sanitation and hygiene to its people.
Now who’s the victim? It might be me, you or anybody. So what we could do? Danilo Dolci once quoted “It is important to know that words don't move mountains. Work, exacting work moves mountains.” And that’s the only thing we can preserved it to maintain a healthy living not only for us but for our future children.
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