Catholic bishops urges the people to remain calm in the midst of a water crisis

July 23, 2010 10:43 pm 

MANILA, July 23 — Catholic bishops urged the people not to resort to any violence as this is not the way to solve the water shortage being experienced in some parts of Metro Manila.

“Riot won’t do well for all us,” said Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.

The CBCP Public Affairs Committee head also called for sobriety as authorities are now doing they can to solve the problem

On the other hand, Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said that “communal effort” is needed and impose conservation measures for water at these trying times.

“It would be good if Metro Manila residents could conserve water,” he said.

With this, they appealed to the government to immediate act on the problem many people are affected by the water crisis.

Iniguez said that the authorities have to do something with the situation as the current situation wherein at least 177 villages are affected by the lack of water supply, shows that the water problem is indeed serious.

Government officials earlier, assured that the normal water supply will soon be back to normal particularly to the some 1.12 million residents who either have no water or have a water supply for only six hours since last week.

Most of the affected consumers are in Caloocan, Quezon Cities, and Manila.

On Friday, the government is set to deploy soldiers and civilian personnel to ensure peace and order in the said areas amid rising tensions. (PNA) LOR/FGP/utb

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