Bacolod to clear canals, waterways

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Monday, July 28, 2014

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella is seeking the authority of the City Council to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to fully implement the City’s Adopt-An-Estero/Waterbody Program.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., chairman of the Council committee on environment, said six major esteros and waterways are covered by the initiative.

These are Magsungay River, Lupit River, Mandalagan River, Mambulok Creek, Maupay Creek and the Mansilingan River.


Gamboa met with Ninfa Adolfo of Environment Management Bureau (EMB)-DENR and EMB technical staff Annabelle Millarez at his office last week.

The mayor committed to clear Bacolod’s esteros and waterways in his State of the City Address “Ulat ni Mayor” last July 2.

Adolfo handed a letter-response to the letter sent by Puentevella to EMB-DENR OIC-Regional Director Jonathan Bulos regarding the SP resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the MOA between the City of Bacolod and DENR “regarding the institutionalization of the implementation of the Adopt-An-Estero/Waterbody Program, in line with the World Water Day 2014 Celebration.”

Gamboa said he will file a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign as soon as City Council receives a copy of the MOA which had been endorsed to appropriate offices and is now up for review and recommendations of the City Legal Office.

The program empowers the community in both manpower and logistics to clean-up and rehabilitate their esteros, detailing their roles, responsibilities and tasks as partner of the local government and the DENR.

Gamboa said that after the Adopt-An-Estero/Waterways Program will be institutionalized, a counterpart program for the streets will also be created.

He added that a letter will be sent to all major establishments in the city requesting them to “Adopt-A-Street” for the maintenance of cleanliness and development of the streets in Bacolod.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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