BALANGA City, Bataan – The Diocese of Balanga in Bataan on Sunday issued a prayer asking for rains with the threat of El Nino and less rainfall this summer. Bishop Ruperto Santos, however, asks only for enough rains and not rains that will cause floods and destruction to life and property.
“Sa aming kalagayan ngayon, at sa panganib ng El Niño. Kami na inyong mga anak ditto sa Bataan ay sama-samang nananalangin para sa pag-ulan na sapat lamang. At nararapat para sa aming pananim. Nagsusumamo po kami sa Inyong kagandahang-loob na umulan na tamang-tama lamang sa aming pangangailangan,” the prayer said.
The Bataan prelate said the prayer is not only good for Bataan but for other areas that are feeling the effects of the dry spell.
Santos is presently the chairperson of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI).
Reports said that Bataan has experienced lesser rains in the past even during the onslaught of Typhoon Lando that damaged the neighboring provinces of Pampanga, Zambales and Bulacan.
At present, there are still no cracks on lands to evidence the dry spell in Bataan but more farmers no longer rely on rivers for their irrigation but more on expensive water pumps for the second cropping season that began in the middle of November last year and will last until March this year.
“Most of the water sources here especially the free flowing pumps were projects of politicians and groups of farmers. Luckily, they are still operational and a good source of our water needs,” says one farmer/businessman in Hermosa town.
“Opo, Makapangyarihang Diyos, butihing Ama, Kailangan namin ng pag-ulan.At ikaw lamang po ang makakagawa ng mabuting paraan.Gawin po Ninyo ito sa amin para sa kabutihan ng aming buhay. Para sa kagandahan ng aming kabuhayan at kinabukasan. Higit sa lahat para sa kadakilaan ng Inyong Banal na Pangalan,” concludes the prayer.