Saturday, March 6, 2010
March 2010 EL NINO COMES TO THE PHILIPPINES
Smaller groups of people are now squatting near the river area. Displaced by the millions, these locals used to be hired to gather coconuts and other agricultural produce for market. These native Tagalogs from Cavite were hard working independent small farmers, riding their ponies to deliver buko, papaya, coffee, fruits to the markets. These farmers are now reduced to scavenging garbage, and looking for work in factories or homes as domestic helpers. They have a wealth of knowledge regarding herbal remedies and organic farm techniques passed down from generations. These native people, are now poor folk, who have no say in the running of their provincial government that is selling off more and more upland forests to big time land developers.
Water filteration and pumping stations are owned my multi-nationals who tie up with government officials to form a strong distributor of expensive water ....an average household uses about $50 worth of water. This clean water used to come free from the rain, and from ground wells....but water is now a lucrative business....millions of homes equal billions of dollar income for these water distribution companies. Technology can transform sewage water into drinking water...but do you want to drink someone elses pee-pee, or someone's toxic chemicals lacing that water?