Issue of October 15, 2017
Mt. Province

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Hope springs for Balili River
by Julie G. Fianza / PIO

With the theme, “Ripples of hope for Balili River,” best practices in the community with the residents as the main stakeholder shall be highlighted in the plans and programs for Balili River.

The efforts were presented during the Balili River Day celebration and forum at the Baguio Convention Center last Thursday, organized by the Balili River System Revitalization Coalition, with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Environmental Management Bureau, Saint Louis University, University of the Cordilleras, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Information Agency, Pines City Colleges, Benguet State University, and the local governments of Baguio, La Trinidad, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay.

The agencies also renewed the memorandum of agreement forged seven years ago for collaboration in reducing pollution along the headwaters and tributaries of Balili, also known as the Sagudin River. 

Posters from the UC intended for the information and education campaign were presented, as well as the winners of the jingle writing contest launched last year.

The “Ripples of hope for Balili River” invites residents of communities along the Balili River and tributaries to come together, and assess and plan for the rehabilitation of waterways. Stakeholders, resource persons, or partner agencies may also work with the group until the termination of the project in six months.

The project welcomes rehabilitation strategies, best practices, and progress monitoring to jumpstart the “ripples” for the river rehabilitation.

Secretary to the mayor Rafael Tallocoy and La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda acknowledged the efforts, advocacy, and passion of those involved in river rehabilitation efforts.

Prof. Jones Napaldet of the Benguet State University talked on exploring phytoremediation in the revitalization of Balili River and Lito Ayyokad of Hedcor Inc. on clean river initiatives during the whole day forum.

Phytoremediation is the use of specific plants, as results of research, to reduce pollution in bodies of water.

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