ROUGH CUTS| What alternative water sources they have in mind?

TODAY is Sunday, the fourth Sunday of June. Today’s gospel is taken from the Wisdom of Solomon Chapter 1 verses 13 to Chapter 2 verse 24.

Titled God Did Not Create Death verses 13 to 16 say:

13 God did not invent death, and when living creatures die, it gives him no pleasure.

14 He created everything so that it might continue to exist, and everything He created is wholesome and good. There is no deadly poison in them. No, death does not rule this world,

15 for God’s justice does not die.

16 Ungodly people have brought death on themselves by the things they have said and done. They yearn for death as if it were a lover. They have gone into partnership with death, and it is just what they deserve.

And Chapter 2, Verse 24 also in the Wisdom of Solomon, further says that:

     24 It was the devil’s jealousy that brought death into the world, and those who belong to the devil are the ones who will die.

Yes, in the gospel as postulated in the Wisdom of Solomon, death is not the simple loss of life to a person or any living creature.

Rather, it speaks of the weakness of man and his lack of faith in God that bring him his death. Yes, death as in man’s vulnerability to sins, destroys his relationship with God.


So third district councilor Bernard Al-ag, majority leader of the Davao City Council, is convinced of the concept that the city needs more water sources?

But he and the rest of the Sanggunian members are not convinced of the request of the Davao City Water District (DCWD) and the Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc.’s (AAII’s) for an exemption in the ban for introduction of infrastructure projects in the watershed area as provided for in the city’s Watershed Management Code.

We do not really know if the councilor from Toril believes that the underground water in the Dumoy aquifer is slowly depleting. There is no need for scientific research to confirm such claim by the DCWD. All councilor Al-ag has to do is inquire from the early settlers in the Dumoy area, specifically those who were the first to avail of housing units at the Dacoville subdivision.

During the initial years of the Dacoville occupancy anyone who drives a .5 or 1-inch diameter steel pipe in the ground were witnesses to water gushing out of the pipe as if some supernatural forces were pumping it up.

We had the opportunity to live in that part of Dumoy for several months in 1978 and the problem experienced by all households was too much water flowing out of the faucets. We changed gaskets in our faucets too often as the pressure was too strong then.

Today however, free flowing water is already part of history. And that time is barely four and a half decades ago.

In other words, with today’s development stride of Davao City and the rate of its annual population increase, the need for new water sources is getting more overt. And councilor Al-ag is convinced with that. And if he and the other councilors are not convinced that an exemption from the coverage of the Watershed Management Code ban on development projects in the area is already a must then they have to come up with alternative sources. And they have to do it now and fast, not later and on a dilly-dally mode.

The councilors need not even remind the DCWD and the AAII of their responsibility to set up mitigating measures to protect the watershed.

After all, the life of their business is water and the sustained availability of the water depends on how well the watershed is protected and preserved.

So who are the businessmen in their right senses who will spend a P10 billion fortune to go into bulk water supply and stay in operation for only five to ten years?


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