TF Bantay Ilog begins clearing-cleaning of of rivers

BALON DAGUPAN NEWS

THE City Agriculture Office and its Task Force Bantay Ilog started cleaning the rivers after clearing the rivers of river debris as a result of the demolition of illegal structures and fish pens.

As of January, the team led by Marjorie A. Villanueva, Agricultural Technology, City Agriculture Office, already retrieved bamboos and nets; demolished 51 abandoned caretakers’ huts, 15 abandoned “surewin” fish traps, nine abandoned fish cages, 19 abandoned “skylabs” and one “batikwas”.

Villanueva said that her team conducted the operations along the rivers of Lucao, Calmay, Tapuac, Salapingao, Pugaro, Pantal, Bonuan Gueset and Lomboy.

Salapingao tops the record with 29 fish pen remnants retrieved, 19 caretakers’ hut removed three fish cages, two “surewins” and one “skylab” dismantled.

Her team is already out in the rivers at 8:00 a.m. daily from Monday to Friday in compliance with the river clean-up drive ordered by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez under the city’s ‘Sa Ilog Ko, May Pagbabago’ program.

The clean-up drive until all illegal structures are removed and the rivers are cleared of fish pen and fish trap debris. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)