Environmental group Greenpeace has welcomed recent government moves to address water pollution in the country, but said more must be done to save poll
The Environment Department has declared seven bodies of water as WQMAs. These are the Sinocalan-Dagupan river system in Pangasinan, the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando river system and areas within the Laguna Lake Development Authority’s jurisdiction in Luzon, the Tigum-Aganan watershed and the Iloilo-Batiano river system in the Visayas, and the Silway River and the Sarangani Bay in Mindanao.
“Access to clean water is a fundamental human right and it is the duty of the government to guarantee this,” Paje said, adding that access to safe drinking water and sanitation is among the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals.
Water pollution is one of the biggest problems affecting the Philippines. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says at least 50 of the country’s 421 rivers are considered “biologically dead.”