BETWEEN FRIENDS: Water: El agua es oro, El agua es vida PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2014 11:14

By LINDA CABABA-ESPINOSA, Ed.D

 

Any Zamboangueño does not need anyone to explain the meaning of these two lines which are intended to make everyone realize the value of water.

It is known that man may survive for a few days without food but will not survive beyond three days without water. In the face of climate change and global warming, this very basic and very important element to man’s survival has called attention to its impending scarcity and could therefore be a major cause of conflict and violence among men.

An organization called the Friends of the Watersheds Movement, organized by the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, has identified its advocacy in the preservation of the six (6) watersheds in Zamboanga City. These are the watersheds of Vitali, Ayala, Manicahan, Culianan, Bolong and Curuan.

Last April 14, 2014, the group went to Vitali to hold a forum with the barangay officials and other concerned citizens of Vitali to explain the need to protect the Vitali watershed. Led by Fr. Sebastiano D’ambra founder of Silsilah, Mrs. Lulu Mangaoang Silsilah Coordinator of the Watershed program and Mr. Michael Dela Cruz of the DENR, the group made sure that those present were made to realize that the possible shortage of water is a reality we should face now before it’s too late. The worst case scenario is when we start waging war and killing each other because of water.

The city government of Zamboanga and the DENR Regional Office support the group’s advocacy because they realize the importance of water and therefore the preservation of the six (6) watersheds of Zamboanga is not only urgent but imperative.

Climate change is not the only cause for the destruction of the watersheds. Man’s greed for gold pursued through illegal mining and illegal logging are destructive as well and so the Friends of the Watersheds intend to hold other forums in the other barangays to awaken the people and enlist their cooperation in preventing this possible calamity of shortage, and worse, the loss of water.