Water Pollution Creeping in - Senator

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Water Pollution Creeping in - Senator


MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines faces a creeping water pollution problem because of rapid urbanization and industrialization, a senator warned over the weekend.Senator Pilar Juliana "Pia" S. Cayetano, chairperson of the Senate Health and Demography Committee, said she is worried that government has weakly-implemented programs to improve the quality of fresh water supply.Cayetano pointed out that inadequate resources, institutional fragmentation and poor statistics as the major stumbling blocks in achieving the goal of securing a sufficient future supply of clean fresh water.She said addressing this concern is in line with the Millennium Development Goal 7 for environment sustainability which is to reduce by one half, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources chairman, said the issue emphasizes the importance of reforesting the country's denuded mountains.Forests, Zubiri said, act as watersheds, storing and releasing fresh water through natural processes.In past Senate Committee hearings, testimonies on the country's forest reserve being denuded at a fast clip the past few decades had been presented.Citing the Philippine Environment Monitor report of the World Bank in 2003, domestic wastewater represents 48 percent of the total pollution in the entire country; the rest is due to industrial and agricultural sources. …

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