ILOILO CITY, July 5 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to remove all natural blockages composed of 5,595 mangrove trees at the Batiano River spanning more than 11 kilometers from Baluarte, Molo in Iloilo City to Oton, Iloilo.
Raul Lorilla of the DENR reported to the Iloilo Batiano River Development Council the presence of natural blockage that impedes the flow of two rivers and the plan to remove soon these mangroves growing at the middle of the river.
In an inventory of tree species last May 9-10, the DENR reported the presence of 293 mature mangroves, 93 pole stages, 816 saplings, 190 wildings, and 4,203 nipa clumps.
Lorilla said these natural growths impede the flow of water and grasses succeeded in developing islets along the river especially in the Sooc, Arevalo area that leads to flooding of at least four barangays near the Iloilo River.
On the other hand, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Iloilo Batiano River Development Council chairman, gave the approval for the DENR to take out the natural blockage. (PNA) LAP/AJP/LCPendon/vlo