Slideshow by Vincent Go, VERA Files
Exactly nine years after the Clear Water Act was signed into law, water pollution remains a serious problem in urban areas in the Philippines.
So is the supply of drinking water. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources estimates that 19 million Filipinos, or one in every five Filipinos, have no access to water.
In Metro Manila alone, Laguna Lake and Pasig River are stark reminders of how Filipinos are surrounded with so much water but not guaranteed access to safe, potable water.
Summer, which officially began this week, also brings to the fore what water means to Filipinos: to cool hot bodies, to frolic in rivers and seas, to water parched fields.
On World Water Day on Friday, declared as the International Year of Water Cooperation by the United Nations, photojournalist Vincent Go assembled photos showcasing this most precious basic resource: water.
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