Garbage that’s floating on our rivers and lakes is almost common sight in Metro Manila, and it's also fair to say that a lot of effort is presently being done by the government, the business sector and the many environmental and community groups to clean up our Manila’s coastlines and rivers of the floating rubbish that litter them.

But beyond the trash that we can see floating in the rivers and lakes there are also other (more dangerous) substances that are lurking in fresh water bodies like lakes and rivers which are also the primary sources of the water we drink and use.

Industry’s unfettered disposal of toxic materials and byproducts into our water supply plays a huge role in the growing water crisis that the Philippines, faces as chemical pollution is quickly taking its toll on our limited supply of fresh water by contaminating it with toxic chemicals — hidden dangers that are difficult to detect and are even harder to clean up.

It’s a horrifying thought that every day hundreds of thousands of chemicals are being released into our rivers and exposing us to these chemicals without our knowledge and consent.

We all have the right to know what’s in our water.

As I write this, communities along the Marikina River in Metro Manila, together with Greenpeace activists are embarking on an expedition to call on people like you to join the effort in raising the alarm for government action to enforce concrete and effective measures to protect water quality, beginning with a policy that will openly disclose hazardous chemical use of factories.

The public's right to know is essential to any effective public participation, good governance and sustainable business because it allows the public to know more about products, projects or activities that may adversely affect their health and the environment. This is crucial because information helps us ask questions on and to seek improvements on industry and on public policy that directly affects our health and well-being.

Add your voice to the growing chorus of Filipinos who want clean and safe water.