The country is “running out of fresh water.”
This was the warning aired by Dr. Emil Q. Javier, academician and president of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines, as he underscored the need to discuss issues related to water.
“There is really a need to make people concern (on this situation)... encourage the local level to look at their water supply,” said the NAST head.
A paper presented by academician Fernando P. Siringan, of the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, pointed, among others, areas with “stressed ground water.”
Siringan said these are Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, Baguio City, and “other highly urbanized cities are at risk to future water shortage.”