ILOILO CITY, Feb. 27 — The city government here and eight barangays will lead in the removal, transfer and balling of mangroves along the Dungon Creek in a move to pave the way for comprehensive dredging of the creek leading to the Iloilo River.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has approved and clearance was issued for the removal of mangroves through for the period December 2012 until December 2013 for the local government unit to remove the mangroves that impedes the flow of the creek.
The DENR and the city government here has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the project with a DENR funding of P2.29 million turned over to City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on December 28, 2012.
Mabilog said he has instructed the city environment and natural resources office (CENRO) to fast-track the bidding process before the campaign period so as to start removing the mangroves.
The project involves the removal of 1,666 mangrove trees and 630 nipa clumps to be spearheaded by the city environment and natural resources office.
The city barangays involved are Taft North, Bolilao and Bakhaw in Mandurriao district, Desamparados, San Vicente, Calubihan and Our Lady of Lourdes in Jaro district; and in Magsaysay, La Paz district.
On the other hand, the DENR also gave P2.07 million to Mayor Vicente Flores Jr of the municipality of Oton, Iloilo last December 28, 2012 to fund the removal and transfer of mangroves along the Batiano River.
The project will cover the period December 2012 until December 2013 to be implemented by the municipality of Oton and six riverbank barangays to remove and transfer 1,099 mangrove trees and 4,302 nipa clumps.
The Oton barangays concerned are Alegre, San Antonio, San Nicolas, Poblacion West, Poblacion North and Tagbac Sur. (PNA)