LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 14 (PIA) – – With the theme, “Makialam: Buhayin ang Ilog Balili!”, the Balili River Day activities will take place on September 14 here.
Every September 16 of the year is declared as Balili River Day through ordinances in Baguio City and La Trinidad to strengthen the advocacy in cleaning and rehabilitating the Balili river system.
The observance this year, however, is set on Sept. 14, Friday, for bigger participation.
The activities start with a Balili River Walk at 7:00 AM from the Benguet State University en route to the town’s municipal gym to be followed by a short program and a kapihan forum. The state of the Balili River and initiatives on the rehabilitation and improvement of its water quality of will be presented.
There will be also be a clean-up drive along the Balili River in the capital town.
Participants will be the Environment Management Bureau – CAR and members of the Balili River System Revitalization Coalition composed of local governments of Baguio City, Sablan, Tublay and this town, academe, national government agencies, non government organizations, and river adoptors.
With headwaters coming from Baguio City and flowing upstream towards La Trinidad and downstream all the way to the municipalities of Sablan and Tublay, Balili River spans about 23.8 kilometers.
The Balili River in the 1970’s was classified as Class A river under Department of Environment Natural Resources water standards which means the water was fit for drinking after minimal treatments. It used to be a fishing and swimming area and a source of irrigation and drinking water for animals.
However, it deteriorated through the years. Some portions are now considered as biologically dead due to increasing human population, and built up areas for housing and commercial establishments aggravated by the lack of concern among residents and people contributing to pollution along the riverways and its tributaries.
Various efforts by stakeholders from the academe, government agencies and adoptors are being done to rehabilitate the ailing major river system. (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)
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