Today's Punto
Today's Punto

Mar 06, 2018

“SINCE 2010, we have been conceptualizing and implementing programs in order to anticipate and mitigate the water crisis. With our strong ties with the private sector, we have planted 200,000 trees around the city and continue to develop the Sapangbato watershed.”

Thus, spoke Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan at the 10th National Annual Convention of the Water Environment Association of the Philippines, Inc. held at the Clark Freeport.

“It is time that we act,” Pamintuan declared, even as he called on government stakeholders and partners in the private sector for a water summit, “so that the city can formulate a proper response towards the impending water crisis.”

That was in July 2015. And this February just past, the city government declared Sapangbato and Margot under a state of calamity owing to the severe water crisis that hit the barangays.

Instantly instigating a blame game of finger-pointing, triggering reactions that are at best knee-jerk – band-aid palliatives nowhere near the actual solutions.

One side of the issue was best articulated by Councilor Jesus Sangil in pointing to the “supreme irony” of the Angeles City Water District keeping Sapangbato and Margot under its franchise even as it has virtually sub-contracted their water supply with Clark Water.

“ACWD has failed miserably in its very reason for being – to provide enough supply of potable water – in its franchise area, where the two barangays are concerned,” Sangil said, strongly urging that it give up its jurisdiction in the areas in favor of Clark Water.

In the meanwhile, the sangguniang panglungsod passed Resolution No. 7947, series of 2018, “enjoining Clark Investors and Locators Association, Balibago Business Enterprise Association, Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc., and all malls in Angeles City to assist in providing water supply and/ or delivery of mineral water to Barangays Margot and Sapangbato as part of their social responsibility.”

How about your honors’ sworn duty and responsibility towards the people’s welfare, if we may ask.

If not for the gravity of the water crisis, ridiculously pathetic a proposition there. Panic-driven, in the language of the streets – tarantado! Given the city’s much bruited about enormous resources and nationally acclaimed ways in risk reduction and means in disaster management.

Maybe, the city government should look more closely at Ordinance 343 – The Water Quality Septage Management System Ordinance of Angeles City – it passed in 2014 to ensures that the city is able to utilize and manage local water resources in a sustainable manner.

“Sustainable” is the operative word, your honors.

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