AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca
The typhoon season is over. Water is still aplenty but may soon run out. Let us therefore use water with a little thriftiness.
The need for water is much more pronounced in plants than in humans. We humans can take care of each other’s needs and are capable of making machines that do the work for us. Man has built machines not only for himself but for others as well — for animals and plants.
Dam is a massive structure that is built with planning and all that. Because a dam must be budgeted with millions, maybe billions of pesos in the budget of the government, they are built with care and with much planning.
Anyway, the Department of Agriculture (DA) went ahead with the opening and inauguration of a dam that is expected to make the life of farmers in Guindulman, Bohol province a bit easier. From now on, they can look forward to a steady flow of water supply for their farmlands with the turnover of the newly completed diversion dam worth P4 million.
The rice farmers of Awihaw-Lombog Farmers Irrigators Association (ALFIA) are expected to distribute water to some 20 hectares of rice land in Awihaw, barangay Lombog. Most of the farmers used to rely on rainwater to irrigate their rice lands.
“The Awihaw diversion dam is one of the six ongoing agricultural infrastructure projects of Agriculture Secretary William Dar in Guindulman, Bohol amounting to more than P71 million and the establishment of these irrigation systems hopes to help rice farmers increase their income and maximize yield,” regional director Salvador Diputado of the DA Region 7 said.
It’s a good thing these projects are now commonplace nowadays. I remember those days when we played in the middle of rice fields during summer because those fields were not irrigated and could very well serve as playground for us kids. I could remember us kids playing “shatoo” or “kulundoy”.
Today, there’s no more of that. The only thing you see children playing nowadays are those cellphones or laptops.
Well, let’s go back to our discussion of water. Water may seem aplenty these days but you may not notice it, water will soon be gone.
Actually, we throw away plenty of water. Like when we wash our hands, or feet or do the dishes. Water used to wash our hands is very much usable as water for plants. Even with the water we use to take a bath we can use the same water for the plants. I’m amazed at how inventive our people can be when it comes to conserving water.
So let us all enjoy the current season and hope it will last.