ILOILO CITY : The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has proposed a P32.1-million ambient air and water quality monitoring and clean-up of the Iloilo River and its tributary Calajunan and Dungon creeks.
The proposal submitted to the Iloilo-Batiano River Development Council chaired by Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog met a positive reception, with Drilon assuring the department that he will look for the budget to fund the projects by also giving an ultimatum to the it to clean the Iloilo River in six months or until September this year.
DENR Regional Director Jim Sampulna said the proposal took into account the total coliform concentrations at the river that was still below standard although the current trend showed a general improvement in its water quality. There was also a notable improvement at the Calajunan Creek while Dungon Creek was still below standard unless relocation of informal settlers and dredging activity are undertaken as soon as possible.
The river council also approved a resolution endorsing Oplan SWIM or the Sustainable Workplan for the Iloilo River Management.
The projects include the installation of garbage booms along the river consisting of P960,000 floating containment structures made of impermeable PVC or bamboo to collect floating solid waste debris and even oil and grease. These trash booms can be stationed at the Calajunan and Dungon creeks and at the Iloilo River along the Carpenter’s Bridge, Drilon Bridge, front of outfall in Brgy Aguinado, La Paz, and at the Quirino Bridge.