It was not totally surprising to me that only a few of the water refilling stations in Mandaue City has the mandated sanitary permit.
In her appearance before the Mandaue City Council last Wednesday, Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Dominga Obenza cited their sanitary inspectors’ report that only 24 out of the 88 water refilling stations in the City has complied the Sanitation Code of the Philippines.
I had a chance roving around the vicinity of “Lake Tabok” in my beloved barangay–Tabok, Mandaue City this afternoon on board my mountain bike.
My gosh!!! The water is still there and it’s no longer waist-deep but it’s already more than 5-feet deep. I see people swimming in the deep but dirty water while others are still there going fishing.
A law enforcer, who i caught on my cell phone cam, flagged down the jeepney that i was boarding last Saturday (Nov. 15, 2008) along the national hi-way in Subangdaku, Mandaue City.
“LAKE TABOK”, is yet to be included in a cartographer’s map. But its size is enough to be considered as a body of water more than what is flowing in a biologically-dead Butuanon river in Mandaue City.
“LAKE TABOK”, is a product of man’s neglect of his environment and a very tangible piece of evidence of the government’s laxity and dereliction of duty.
“LAKE TABOK”, is a man-made water basin situated in a 2-hectare low-lying idle land privately owned by some families in Tabok, Mandaue City.
The water started to rise in the place in June, 2005 until it reached waist-deep. The water is a collection of the rainwater runoff and the wastewater from the two subdivisions—Palmas Verdes and Palm Heights.