Balili up for scientific rehab
CITY Environment and Parks Management Officer Cordelia Lacsamana is advocating scientific intervention as a cosolution to address
continuous problem of the river aside from the Information Education Campaigns [IEC].
Lacsama said “We are doing all of this where people have to understand cleaning up the Balili River is not purely picking up the waste it is already on the level where we have booked in scientific interventions, there are certain species of plants that can help clean up the river. There are people who are disposing oil, toxic chemicals that we cannot monitor anytime.”
The Balili River runs 24 kilometers and spans 23 tributary creeks within Baguio City which flows to La Trinidad and Sablan in Benguet.
The river is believed to be a ‘biologically dead’ as efforts run to revitalize it through the Balili River System Revitalization Coalition (BRSRC).
Doctor Aurea Marie Sandoval chair of BRSRC said a proposal composed of four studies including the exploration of phytoremediation geared towards its rehabilitation.
“We are trying to identify some plants to absorb pollutants which could be planted along the river,” Sandoval said.
The group plans to construct wet lands around La Trinidad and conduct several trials.
However, Sandoval said they are still looking for other sources and aids to fund the study.
La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda urged a weekly clean-up with groups’ in-charge in both sides of the river.
Rosalio Gose from Baguio Re-Greening Movement said continuous problems of the river remains to be water quality and pollution from residents.
Gose added the Balili is one of the worst polluted waters and will take political will to rehabilitate.
“It is good we have a group here interested, a task force group must adhere to regular visitations and determine factors that keep it unclean. If these are not controlled, the quality of water that we have will still be the same now or even worst.”