Editorial: River reminders

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Monday, March 30, 2015

LET'S call to mind the issues in 2012. One of them: water pollution in the city's major rivers.

This resulted in the closure of some fish cages in the water off Punta Dumalag to prevent further the proliferation of coliforms in the Davao Gulf, the receiving end of all the rivers.

Consequently, fears sprang out that the bangus sold at the local market were unsafe and that it might cause food poisoning, which the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said might be true only if the fish is cooked at a temperature that could not kill the bacteria.


Two years since, it seems efforts to educate the residents living by the riverbanks do not even budge.

In a report, the increased coliform level is caused due to human and animal wastes, located near the river and poultry and hog.

Department of Tourism (DOT)-Davao Director Roberto Alabado III was dismayed over the deliberate abuse to the sea, which has a rippling effect to the tourism sector.

Some of the beaches here are also not healthy for swimming.

The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), or any other offices, can only do so much in instilling in the minds of the people on the proper waste disposals. Just maybe, the foray of the people into the river systems speaks so much how undisciplined they are.

It's been a clichéd reminder to all: observe proper waste disposal. Adults don't need to be reminded over and over again, only kids do.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 31, 2015.


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