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As I watched the October 13 episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, I was awed by the case of our environment today. Jessica reported about the inclusion of two of the Philippines’ rivers, Marilao’s and Meycuayan’s, both in Bulacan to the “Dirty Thirty,” a list of the dirtiest rivers in the world made by an environmental group called Blacksmith.

In the five years (and counting) that I have stayed inhaling the (now dusty) air of the Metro, the drastic metamorphosis that the city has undergone almost came unnoticed. Industrialization has greatly influenced this, making every landmark heed to its call; progress, and modernization have made their way through the shorelines of our 7,107 islands.

But like some people say, everything has its side effects. Rapid industrialization has actually substantially increased a new factor – Pollution. Air, water, soil, you name it. Even noise is considered one of them. That’s why to protect the environment from the dangerous effects of pollution, many countries worldwide have enacted laws and legislations to regulate the various types of pollution as well as to mitigate their effects to the human body and the whole earth as well. Everyone is doing their job. Well, almost.

For the past travels that I’ve had in Southeast Asia (Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore) I would die of envy for their country’s environments are clean; well, perhaps before they were not, but thanks to the people and their government’s efforts, the results are so far, remarkable. The side effects can still be cured, after all. I know this could also be done to our country, yet nothing happens. But I also know (and hope) it’s still not too late.

Everything starts with a small stepping stone. Let us do whatever we can. Even our own little ways can become a big influence. May it be a simple blog entry, I hope it could help us realize what the environment experiences today.

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, is the fear of long words.


8 Responses to “Spread the Act”

  1. 1 karla October 15, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    Pinagaaralan namin ngayon yung tungkol dito, natakot ako nang may pinakita saming powerpoint presentation.

    Years from now, kung tuloy-tuloy lang ang pagpollute natin, malamang wala ng aabutan ang next generation. Wala ng tubig, wala ng puno. Lahat ng tao papanget, sa sobrang dry ng mga skin. Uhaw na uhaw sila, kasi uber mahal na ng tubig dahil kahit dagat paubos na. Isipin na lang natin yung dadatnan ng mga apo natin 😦 maghihirap sila sa mga kasalanan natin…

  2. 2 Rowjie October 15, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    thanks very much for this information. I want to participate. 🙂

  3. 3 Dan Hellbound October 15, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Too bad I only found out about this Blog Action Day just now, aside from reading Billycoy’s entry. Anyway, I’ll share some of my thoughts.

    People should realize that the natural resources must be saved for many reasons. It’s for the entire humankind’s sake, from today’s generation up to the next.

    And pollution makes us unhealthy and ugly. Does anyone what to be like that? I’m already ugly, but I don’t want to worsen that.

  4. 4 Arnel October 15, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    karla – kami man inaral namin sa natsci5, at sobrang dami ng detrimental effects. sobrang kawawa talaga ang next generation nito.

    Rowjie – sana kahit ganito lang makatulong tayo. 🙂

    Dan Hellbound – you are absolutely right. pollution does make us ugly. one good reason to preserve our resources, and might as well stop polluting the metro.

  5. 5 Yom October 16, 2007 at 2:28 pm


    Actually, according to my NatSci 5 professor, the Philippines’ set of environmental laws is at par with that of other countries. Ours is even better that Sweden (if I remember it correctly), considering that Sweden is a first-world country. Yet Sweden has a cleaner environment.

    For me, it’s just a matter of better implementation and enforcement of these laws, and a change in the culture that we Filipinos have been used to. I’m not saying that one of the best solutions is to overhaul the Filipino culture. The point is, we have to change those aspects of our culture that hinder our development as a nation. We can be more industrialized without sacrificing the environment.

  6. 7 barrycyrus June 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    jessica soho was in CMC, UPD, the other day. lol. wla lang, nice blog btw.

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