Marilao’s elected leaders sidestep water supply issue; voters ‘too kind’

MARILAO, Bulacan No less than Kara David was host/writer of a documentary aired May 7 at GMA-7 concerning a basic necessity that some residents of Marilao, Bulacan have to grapple with: lack of clean water supply.

“Napaka-basic,” said her co-host and GMA Online editor-in-chief Howie Severino as the two concluded David’s documentary titled “Bayang Uhaw” in a morning newscast of GMA News TV.

Some residents who faced the television camera told David to look into the lack of water in their faucets or the contaminated one being supplied. Plugging the documentary, the TV network wrote in part:

“In a resettlement area in Marilao, Bulacan, glasses, containers and drums of several households are contaminated with black, brown and yellow specks of unknown substance left by water from faucets. (Filipino version by GMA-7: Sa resettlement site sa Marilao, Bulacan, itim, kulay-kape at dilaw na mga dumi ang lumalabas sa kanilang mga gripo.)”

David also visited Brgy. Muti, Zamboanga City and Sitio Lunasan, Jimalalud, Negros Oriental to know the quality of water in Visayas and Mindanao. In Luzon, she eyed  Brgy. Lambakin, Marilao, Bulacan for the same purpose of I-Witness.

The documentary program added on Twitter: “Patuloy na nagtitiis sa mas mahal na alternatibo ang mga tao sa Brgy. Lambakin, Marilao.”

The elections turnout in this first-class municipality was high, but voters looked like they forgot the health and sanitation problem of some of their fellow Marileños as the most pressing issue in the May 9 contest.

Local campaign sorties of candidates, including many incumbents, were loud and clear in front of their respective supporters, but were out-of-the-way to once and for all shed light on the clean water supply issue and how soon it will be addressed.

As to whoever was to blame for the much-reported lack of clean water supply, majority of the voters and candidates did not mind. DCA

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