LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Jan. 30 — Lucena City Mayor Roderick Dondon Alcala pledged his full support Tuesday to intensify the citys Rivers Resuscitation Program to make Lucenas major tributaries ecologically sustainable and alive.
At the project committee hearing Tuesday, Mayor Alcala assured city folks on the existing funds for the rehabilitation of the citys major waterways Iyam and Dumaca.
Alcala confirmed the budgetary support to the ecological project even while he was at the city council.
He thanked the involvement, participation and cooperation of the multi-sectoral groups to the city government river project as well as from the local residents near the tributaries.
The committee hearing included representatives from the academe, Lucena Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Soroptomist Society (Lucena chapter), law-enforcement agencies and uniformed personnel from the Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM), Philippine National Police (PNP) Lucena, Quezon, Bureau of Fire Protection, environment cause-oriented groups and the religious sector.
Ofelia Garcia, chief of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) said her office had intensified the campaign to sustain ecologically-healthy river systems.
Garcia said the CPDO conducts regular monitoring and evaluation on the river water samples and has already drafted the citys blueprint to relocate the informal settlers who are also at-risk during the river surge and floods.
The city development office also assessed that residents along the river have contributed to the pollution of the Iyam River and seepage in the Dumaca River.The committee hearing also yielded to heighten awareness and educational campaign on the proper disposal of waste.
Garcia underscored the citys tree planting program instead of embarking on the dredging and rip-rapping projects at this time because these are expensive undertakings. (PNA)