Blog Action Day 2010: WATER
October 15 is Blog Action Day 2010. We join hands with worldwide bloggers to spread across the message and issue about “WATER” which many of us just take for granted.
On our part, we focus our sight on the small Sabang river and its tributaries that meanders through the width and length of Calabanga.
We find it in the villages and barangays like Sta. Cruz, Ratay, San Francisco, San Isidro, San Pablo, San Roque, Salvacion-Baybay, etc, which empties itself to the vast fishing area of San Miguel bay.
These minor waterways and creeks, traces its source from the cool springs and waterfalls of Mount Isarog.
With the unprecedented exponential growth of population of the town, the natural waterways that criss-crosses the area became natural dumping system of waste, including household sewage, in the absence of a municipal sewerage network.
Unfortunately, this sorry situation is replicated in the thousand or so towns and cities of the Philippines, big or small.
The prevailing situation by the mouth of Sabang river signifies its current state of health obtained through siltation and pollution from garbage and other waste produced and dumped by the residents all these years.
Some of the tributaries feeding the river are hardly flowing if not clogged with debris, weeds and mangrove which are not supposed to be growing.
Long ago, fishermen row their boats on these streams to catch fish. Long ago we saw folks paddle their boats on the same rivers and use them to ferry people and goods. Long ago we saw the young (boys) and the old (men) jump into these creeks and rivers for fun and to cool down the summer heat.
Now, in a span of less than fifty years, utter abuse and disregard has transformed them into the deplorable sorry state that they are now- ugly, stinky and dying, devoid of aquatic inhabitants.
Whatever pollutants these creeks and rivers carry out to the San Miguel bay will do more harm than any good. Not only the unabated is bad for the environment, it is also bad for the people who rely on the bounty of the sea.
What nature has offered us to benefit and enjoy we should also protect in return and pass on to the next generations. They who will come after us has much human right as we do have for the same freedom and benefits out of the natural resource that water brings.
Let us not deprive them of this. We do not have to wait for that time when these minor body of waters become a waterscape but only in memory.
Time is running out for our rivers and creeks. But we have time on our hands to save and salvage them. Let us put an end at dumping refuse and garbage on our rivers. Saving these waterways begin at home, spreading awareness in our community and helping the local government. Let us organize and move. The time is now. Not tomorrow, but today.