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Clean-up drive takes full swing in city’s rivers

BAGUIO CITY – the city government here spearheaded a major clean-up of its tributaries flowing directly to Balili River of La Trinidad, Benguet.
Through the combined effort of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Communication Groups Solar Comm, Comm. Ways, Baguio Fire Department, BB-Picag, PAF reservists, Spectrum, city universities and officials of the affected barangays and volunteers, the whole stretch of Sto. Nino river all the way to the Bell church literally have been freed from debris and other pollutants.
The clean-up is part of rehabilitation efforts to restore Baguio rivers to its clean and pristine state and a way to show people of the importance of their help in efforts to save the city’s tributaries from further decay.
The clean-up started in Sto. Nino to Trancoville and ended in Bell church area. Other rivers which will also be cleaned are Brookside, Dizon-Manzanillo, South Drive, Cresencia Village and Leonila Hill-Trancoville.
Volunteers who participated in the clean-up drive said sources of wastes mostly come from kitchen wastes, sewerage and piggeries which directly flow to the river.
Indiscriminate throwing of garbage in waterways and the bringing out of some residents of their waste outside the collection schedule also contribute to the sources of pollutants especially during rainy days as these wastes are carried by run-off water to canals.
Councilor Peter Fianza also spearheaded the removal of weeds and other wild plants directly obstructing the flow of water and breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Meantime, Mayor Mauricio Domogan said, ‘the census of sewer lines directly connected to the Baguio-Balili river is complete.
Domogan said, households who let their wastes flow directly to the river should start connecting to the city’s sewer line which is treated at the city’s sewerage treatment plant (STP)’.
Domogan said, ‘the contamination of the water system by such illegal act should be stopped’.
‘If they cannot connect to the city’s sewer lines, then they have to provide their own septic tanks’, he said.
The mayor also ordered the city’s police force and the barangay officials to help arrest and file appropriate cases to persons who indiscriminately throw their garbage to the city’s rivers and tributaries.
The Mayor also thanked Beneco and other agencies and volunteer groups who are helping the city monitor residential houses who still maintain pig pens near water tributaries adding to the pollution of waterways.
Domogan said, ‘the city's drive to achieve a clean and green environment needs the cooperation of everyone’. ***paul rillorta

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