HomeDLSU Dialogue: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Cultural Studiesvol. 14 no. 1 (1978)

Report on the Asian Water Pollution Conference in Sillman University Dumaguete City, April 11, 1977

Luzvisminda U. Rivero

Discipline: Natural Sciences



The contrast between the clear clean healthful sea water in Sumilon Island (Silliman University's Marine Station) abounding in coral reef and marine life and the slimy, dark, evil-smelling waters of South Bais Bay (outlet of a sugar and paper mill in Negros) dramatically illustrates the threat of pollution to the quality of our life. This threat is felt not only by the people in Silliman, or in Manila for that matter, but also by the people in the neighboring countries. I n this context, the seminar on water pollution in Asia was deliberated on, planned and successfully executed. The felt need for cooperation among Asian countries in the abatement of pollution, the need to pause to assess our values, water pollution as the price of progress through industrialization and the urgency to make people aware of the danger of water pollution were a few of the various reasons why the seminar was held.