It is Batiano’s turn for rehab
WROTE two consecutive columns on May 9 and 16 concerning the rehabilitation of the Batiano River which has been neglected in contrast to the continuing developments that we see on its twin- river body, the Iloilo River.
We are therefore glad to read duplicate their jobs? in on May 24, 2017 Well, hope that the new of the prompt action taken by the I l oilo River Patrol body will
Panay News city government on the problem by conduct regular inspection and forming a new river patrol team for maintain the cleanliness of both the purpose of monitoring closely the Iloilo and Batiano rivers, and both the Iloilo River and its “sister” more especially the latter water body Batiano River. where there is a need to restore its
This new Iloilo River Patrol navigable status up to Batiano Bridge was launched Tuesday last week in Oton town which used to be an old as an inter- agency government trading port. collaboration for the group. Members Those houses on the banks of the included the 1) City Environment Batiano River in Barangay Boulevard and Natural Resources Office, 2) in Molo district must be inspected by City Agriculture Office, Bureau the Iloilo River Patrol group and see of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, how the residents can be relocated 4) Department of Environment at some distance from the river bank. and National Resources (DENR) – Why not also involve in the Environment Management Bureau, cleanup and maintenance of our 5) Philippine National Police, rivers the Barangay Kapitanes of Philippine Coast Guard and 7) the the areas encompassed by our two Department of Public Works and water bodies? Highways. All Ilonggos should be proud of what
In our column of May 16, 2017, our new Environment secretary Roy we mentioned of the Iloilo-Batiano Cimatu told reporters during his visit River System ( IBRS) that was set two weeks ago at the Iloilo River up by DENR on Nov. 26, 2009 and Esplanade accompanied by Mayor designated as a Water Quality Jed Patrick Mabilog. said that he Management Area (WQMA) under has not seen a river as clean as the Administrative Order No. 11, Iloilo River! Series of 2009. has a governing Another compliment from him board of 21 members from various was his opinion that government agencies. How can the
“lessons from functions of the old IBRS body now be
the Iloilo River preservation program coordinated with the newly formed
could help save other rivers and bodies Iloilo River Patrol so they will not of water in the country like the Pasig River, Laguna Lake and Manila Bay.” THE
Now the newly-organized Iloilo River Patrol Group will have the challenge to make the Batiano River as clean as its twin river body, Iloilo River.
We remember our reader named Edward when we wrote of the Iloilo River in our column series in 2009.
To attract tourists, he suggested that we introduce the at the Iloilo River like that in Venice, Italy.
gondolas He cited the rising tourist city of Macau that adopted the gondolas of Venice for touring in their canals and they have become now their greatest tourist attractions. the boatmen and gondola singers they have there are mostly Filipinos.
With its twin-river system that are both navigable, he believes that Iloilo can become the Venice of the Philippines!
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