THE construction of a chain of water-impounding dams in various parts of the Philippines is certainly long overdue.
And it is unfortunate and disheartening to note that this impoverished agricultural country, which is a favorite sparring partner of destructive typhoons and storms, is wasting too much water.
An inventor and an acknowledged environmentalist said that one way of bolstering the government’s food production program is to retain part of the water that we waste.
Gonzalo Catan Jr., executive vice president of Mapecon Green Charcoal Philippines, found it appalling that we get so much water from heavy rains but can’t have enough of it during summer.
Note that Catan represented the province of Negros Oriental in the 1971 Constitutional Convention.
During the rainy season, floodwaters submerge many low-lying areas in the country, particularly in heavily-populated Metropolitan Manila (MM) and surrounding towns and cities.
“Rains are intended for farmers, not the sea,” said the lawmaker-turned-inventor Catan, adding that “this wouldn’t be the case if we had an effective water management program.”
The program calls for the putting up of water-impounding mini dams like what they have in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), a major producer of vegetables and flowers being sold in MM.
That’s why CAR farmers have enough water to irrigate their vegetable and flower farms during the dry season.
With the help of government offices and agencies, farmers ought to construct water-impounding facilities across the country, particularly in areas usually ravaged by drought.
It’s a move in the right direction.