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City to reject permit renewal of 18 riverbank establishments

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 30 – The city government here has warned 18 establishments along the Iloilo River their business permits would not be renewed for deliberate violations of laws regarding discharges of waste water into the river.

A recent report to the Iloilo River Development Council (IRDC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) showed a total of 164 establishments are discharging their waste water directly to the river.

These establishments discharged not more than 30 cubic meters of waste water per day. Some of them are restaurants while others are hotels and car wash stations, and they failed to apply for discharge permit while discharging into the Iloilo-Batiano river systems.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog raised the warning to these establishments to suffer suspension of their Mayor’s Permit if violations stay as of end of January 2012.

The EMB report showed that there are 37 establishments issued with Discharge Permit, 50 applications for Discharge Permit, 59 issued with Notice of Violations and invited for technical conference, 18 for non-compliance and endorsed to the city government for suspension of a Mayor’s Permit.

On the other hand, Engr. Samson Guillergan of EMB said the water samples taken from different stations along the Iloilo River still showed high coliform level and the river is still unfit for swimming and bathing.

Guillergan also said that 41 establishments are committed to submit their action plan and specifications within 90 days. (PNA) LAP/ajp/LCPendon/vlo

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