It should be crystal clear by now that the Philippines have so many problems when it comes to water.
First there is our current water shortage. The water level at Angat Dam just refuses to increase despite the cloud seeding efforts before and the almost daily rains now. In Mindanao, there are power outages daily which lasts for hours. Their electricity comes from hydropower plants which draw from Lake Lanao. Like Angat Dam, the water level of Lake Lanao is at the critical level. Critics of Climate Change can hee haw all they want but if this water shortage is not an evidence that Climate Change is real and that we are among the countries feeling the most brunt, I’ll eat my new hat.
Last year, we had Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng which practically submerged many parts of our country. We found out that a few hours of persistent rain, not even strong rain at that, can cause so much destruction and death. Our poor drainage system, trash, and bad urban planning may be the culprit but the hand of man is also stained with blood. We are lucky that despite it being La Nina season, we haven’t been visited by a strong typhoon yet. But another will come. The question is, are we now prepared?
Lastly, we have water pollution which just would not disappear because we don’t have the budget to clean up our rivers. We do not have the money to desilt from Rizal to Laguna which is what needs to be done in order for our water to flow out to the ocean. We do not have the money to relocate the riverside settlers who throw their garbage in our waters and obstruct the flow of the rivers. Money does not make the world go round but money can make the Philippines much cleaner.
I offer no solution because frankly, I could not think of any. I am at a loss. My brain, it is parched.