Wasted time

The Mindanao Daily Mirror editorial today warned that there is no time to waste in the water wars between the local water utility DCWD and the hydro power firm Hedcor over the use of Tamugan River in the west of the city.

I fully agree.

Unfortunately, DCWD has already wasted over a decade in foot-dragging on this issue.

The water firm was granted a permit for the use of the river as far back as 1997. It has dilly-dallied and has not delivered even a single drop of water from this river to its expanding clientele in the city.

Two major events have thus overtaken its indecision. The first is the expansion of farming in the area during the past ten years that has reportedly contaminated the river; the second is the energy crisis that has demanded for the development of clean energy particularly hydro power.

Had the DCWD acted ten years ago to tap the river, we would not be confronted with this time-wasting debate today.

The board and management of the water firm should be accountable for this clear failure to act accordingly to develop the river as its water source.

They cannot fault others for this wasted time. In fact, its permit should be revoked for this utter inaction.

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3 Responses to “Wasted time”

  1. Guillermo Prat Says:

    Wasted time indeed! So Peter, what should we, the citizens and the leaders do about this? Nothing is the usual response, is it not? So, we are stuck with their ignorant ways? Maybe I should just put up rain water tanks again!

  2. Arvin Antonio V. Ortiz Says:

    Something can be done with the issue. And consigning the matter to the court should be the last consideration.

    Assuming that there is no legal impediment if it is DCWD or Hedcor gets to harness the river, a cost-benefit analysis would have resolved the issue.

    We must ask ourselves, what are the costs and the benefits if we give the right to DCWD or to Hedcor? If we give it to DCWD, the latter said it can save a lot since it will no longer drill further below the ground. In other words, clean drinking water will not be the preserve of those who can afford. But the cost is frequent brown-outs. Can we live with that situation? Perhaps yes.

    On the other hand, if the right goes to Hedcor, one of the benefits is efficient electrical supply. The cost, however, is expensive water and inefficient water supply. Again, can we live with that situation? I highly doubt.

    On matters of energy, we ask an energy expert. On matters of water, we ask an expert on water. But on matters of prioritizing, we refer to the economists. The legal arsenal of the court is what we needed the least.

  3. Borge Says:

    This issue is not that easy to resolve. One thing is clear, considering the environmental impacts inherent to the two project proponents, then I’d say I’d go for the lesser evil – DCWD that is. After all, Hedcor already has Sibulan.


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