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Marcos says there’s water crisis in the Philippines

by Carl Santos

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday, March 23, said the Philippines is experiencing a water crisis.

In his speech at an event in Pasay City, Marcos said he was “very surprised” that “no one was speaking about water problems” in the past years.

“Whereas every single urban community and even some rural communities in the Philippines have a water crisis,” he said during the opening of the 6th Edition of the Water Philippines Conference and Exposition at the SMX Convention Center.

“And it’s something that we have continually postponed. We do not examine it. We do not look at it, just find other ways and put up with the idea that once in a while we’ll have to pull out our buckets and fill our bathtubs with water because there’s not going to be water for the next 24 hours,” he added.

Still, Marcos expressed optimism about possible solutions to improve water management, especially in light of climate change.

Last month, Marcos approved the creation of a Water Resource Management Office (WRMO) to manage the country’s water resources and respond to the current environmental challenges.

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“I have been given the opportunity to walk around a little bit and see some of the exhibitors. And it is very gratifying to note that in fact the technologies that are being used, that are being employed in terms of water treatment, in terms of water management, are well-known technologies,” he said.

“We have of course fine-tuned it so that the filtration systems become better and better, our pumps become more efficient, and our water connections are more resilient to typhoons, earthquakes, and other calamities that might happen along the way,” he added.

“And so when they say water is life, it’s not just a cliché, it’s a truism. And it is something that we must always keep in mind especially now.”

The Philippines is bracing for the El Niño phenomenon, which may occur in the third quarter of this year or between July and September, according to the state weather bureau PAGASA.

PAGASA said El Niño, which is characterized by below average rainfall and drier conditions, may persist until next year.

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