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Baguio City spearheads protection of major rivers

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 28 -– Seventeen adoptors of inland waterways renewed and signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the city government in supporting Baguio City’s “Salaknib ti Waig” (Protector of Rivers), in reference to the Agno-Ambalanga, Asin-Galiano, Balili and Bued Rivers.

All four rivers run through Baguio City from the Northern Benguet towns down to the Southern Benguet towns and out to the provinces of La Union and Pangasinan.

City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) head Cordelia Lacsamana, in an interview today, October 28, said “Salaknib ti Waig” is a continuing water program of the city government together with partner agencies, school institutions, private establishments and barangays concerned in building up and sustaining the city’s thrust on green governance and environmental management.

Balili River adoptors include the University of the Cordilleras (UC) represented by Dr. Ramon Cercada with Saint Joseph Village barangay (Navy Base), Easter College headed by Dr Brigitt Santiago with Guisad Central, Pinsao Pilot Project and Pinsao Proper barangays and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cordillera headed by Regional Executive Director Paquito Moreno with Gibraltar barangay.

Bued River adopters Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA-BCEZ) headed by Atty. Rene Joey Mipa and Engr. Mario de Vera and Texas Instruments (TI) Philippines, Inc. with barangays Loakan Proper and Loakan Apugan.

The adoptors of Agno-Ambalanga River are Tiong San Harrison, Baguio Centermall and N4th Enterprises with barangay Happy Hollow and Happy Hollow Elementary School.

Asin-Galiano River adoptors include Chowking and Canitalk Academy with barangays Upper Q.M. and City Camp Central.

The Department of Agriculture Employers Association and Baguio City National High School Annex also signed the MOA.

Lacsamana emphasized the importance of teamwork in achieving the goal in bringing back the cleanliness of the environment for the benefit of “our children and our children’s children”. (PNA)

LAP/JOJO LAMARIA/EDS

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