Malinis na Tubig para sa Lahat

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Water will always be recognized by the world as both a basic necessity and a resource that will continuously be used in almost every aspect, including agriculture, electricity, and fundamental activities. For this reason, the supply available today must be utilized practically and efficiently. However, the furnishing of clean water poses a problem to less suburbanized and underprivileged communities. The Philippine Clean Water Act (2004), which is dedicated to the right of every Filipinos to sanitized water, is not completely exercised on a national level and mostly favors well-informed and well-off citizens. Despite the efforts of independent and communal organizations to provide clean water to the public, the sustainability of this valuable resource is still an ongoing challenge in poor sectors of the country. With the introduction of technological innovations alongside the assistance of government institutions, promotion of deep well projects, optimization of sunlight availability, and implementation of desalination techniques shall procure the advocates’ aim to resolve clean water issues across society’s broad spectrum.

Out of 105 million people residing in the Philippines, 24 million experience insufficient water sanitation, while approximately 7 million depend on unfiltered water alone (Water.org, 2020). Since the majority of the Philippines has secured access to purified versions of the said resource, it is safe to assume that the severity of the problem remains unnoticed, especially in privileged and built-up districts. To add to that, poorly managed wastewater and lack of proper sewage result in 55 deaths per day in the country (Magtibay, 2017). Subsequently, financial inability tends to be the reason affected Filipinos choose unsafe water over a filtered type, as Jones (2015) conducted research that implicated poverty-stricken citizens have limited access to proper sanitation facilities. These negative factors may be reflected in the nation’s disbanded socioeconomic relationships, low health standards, and underinvested research projects for clean water production.

Although there are solutions already established for clean water problems, more practical and timely innovations must be implemented. With the government’s support, deep well projects, solar water disinfection processes, and desalination techniques shall hasten the timeline in solving the clean water problem in the Philippines. The proponents featured three purification methods — groundwater production to freshwater, freshwater transformation to potable water, and saltwater conversion to both freshwater and potable water. The inability to access these basic necessities could hinder the country’s economy, but most especially, the environmental progress and Filipinos’ overall health and well-being. The nation must recognize clean water as one of its utmost priorities because this valuable resource is a universal tool for essential activities.