City accepts 10-year plan on river water quality

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

THE City Council of Iloilo has approved a resolution filed by Councilor R. Leone Gerochi in accepting the Iloilo-Batiano River Watershed Water Quality Management Area and the implementation of its 10-year action plan.

In a regular session on Tuesday, April 1, the City Council asked an explanation from City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) officer Noel Hechanova to define the action plan on water quality of the connecting rivers of Iloilo and Batiano.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro), and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) have submitted Oplan “SWIM” or the sustainable work plan for the rehabilitation of the Iloilo-Batiano River system and its tributaries, the Dungon and Calajunan creeks.


The plan aims to improve the water quality of the river and its tributaries in terms of dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand, and coliform concentrations.

The three-year average water quality of the rivers showed the EMB Class C standard that is fit for human consumption and river life with dissolved oxygen at 5 mg/L, biochemical oxygen demand of 10 mg/L, total coliform of 5,000 MPN/100 ml and with no standards on fecal coliform.

The DENR accomplished ongoing activities that cover mangrove rehabilitation, organized clean-up activities, adopt-an-estero program, quarterly clean-up activities, crackdown on discharging establishments, cadastral survey of Calajunan and Dungon creeks, and dredging of the creeks and the Iloilo River.

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