Bued and Balili river action plans being finalized

Newly installed Environmental Management Board (EMB-CAR) Regional Director Ma Victoria Abrera met with government line agency, academe and private group representatives recently to finalize the Balili and Bued river action plans.

For a national contest for clean rivers, Bued was chosen as entry as it is still on a passing grade, with good aquatic species. Some areas where pollution occurs are however subject to intensive clean-ups which barangay officials, volunteers and personnel from the Water Ambience Management Division (WAMD) of the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) led by Engr. Moises Luzano conducted last week.

These are portions of residential, industrial and commercialized areas along highways where laundry water, household, kitchen and car wash water are directly disposed of.

During the meeting however, the need for grease traps or oil and grease separators, storage and treatment centers was noted. Fees have to be charged for the restoration of damaged elements of the environment, it was known.

Mapping is also needed for structure-saturated areas, inventory for backyard piggeries and those needing solid waste management programs and projects.

The same attention and action is needed for Balili river, it was known. Primarily a behavioral change study and profiling is needed and recommended for communities traversed by said rivers. The level of awareness within the vicinity of the rivers as to organic farming and implementation of ecological solid waste management programs and projects.

RD Abrera looked over the plans for a cleaner Balili river, including minimized erosion and siltation, stabilized river slope, decreased pollution and flooding, and increased biodiversity to support ecological balance.

Laws and ordinances on river easements, illegal structures, encroachments would have to be enforced she said, including the decrease of illegal waste disposal, segregation, recycling, composting, materials recovery facilities, sanitary landfill and technologies for residual management.

STPs would have to be constructed and operationalized, dredging and de-siltation would have to be done in the river tributaries, with planting alongside to restore biodiversity, propagation of erosion-preventing plants and those with phytoremediation practices, Abrera said.

Commercial establishments other agencies institutions and households need to have adequate and acceptable waste management practices, Abrera further said.

The Bued and Balili river plans shall be finalized anytime this month for immediate implementation. – juliegfianza