Balili up for sci­en­tific re­hab

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun•Star Baguio

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.”

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