Government and civic groups launch 'Run for Water'

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

GOVERNMENT and civic groups launched "Run for Water Davao" as the city's corresponding action to the largest global water initiative in history.

Run for water is organized internationally by LiveEarth and on April 18, 2010 across the globe. There will be a series of six-kilometer run or walks in the course of 24 hours.

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In the city, the run or walk will start at 6 a.m. at the People's park.

"Why six kilometers? Because that is the average distance many women and children walk everyday to secure water. For many of us who benefit 24/7 water from our own faucet, such difficulty is scarcely felt. Running or walking six kilometers makes the realities of water scarcity more real to us living in urban cities," Councilor Leo Avila said during the Kapihan sa SM on Friday.

Davao City Water District spokesperson Imelda Magsuci said while 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, only 2.5 percent is suitable to drink for a community of nearly seven billion people.

"Water scarcity is an issue affecting many countries in the world. Communities in Africa, Lain America and Asia suffer 1.8 million deaths every year from diarrhea diseases and the death of 5,000 children everyday due to inadequate water infrastructure. In these areas, women and children often must walk six kilometers (3.7 miles) each day to secure available water, which is likely unsuitable for drinking," Magsuci said.

"Based on Live Earth data, by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions. Currently, close to one billion people don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water which is one of eight people," Avila said.

Around 50 percent of malnutrition is caused by water related diseases; 1.8 million people die every year from these and 90 percent of them are children under five years old, Avila said.

"Let us raise the awareness for the global water crisis and inspire global community to participate in run or walks around the world," he added.

Registration fee if P150, inclusive of light breakfast and T-Shirt for the first 500 registrant.

The funds generated from the event will be used to establish water systems or facilities in communities in the city who do not experience 24 hours of water, Avila said.

For registration, contact Art Cagumbay of Avila’s office through numbers 222-0855 local 210 or 09215242450.

The effort is organized by the Office of Vice Mayor Sara Duterte, City Council Committtee on environment chaired by Avila, DCWD, Kinaiyahan Foundation Inc., Watershed Management Coordinating Council, Watershed Management Youth Council, Youth for Environment and Peace with technical assistance by Davao Sunday Runners Club. (JCZ)

Government and civic groups launch run water

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