ALAMINOS CITY–The river system which discharges its water into the famous Hundred Islands here has been adjudged one of the entries of Region 1, together with the Naguilian River System, for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) R.I.V.E.Rs for Life Award.
R.I.V.E.Rs stands for Recognizing Individuals/Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhance Rivers that aims to raise awareness of the need to protect and conserve rivers as the lifeblood of the earth and human civilization.
Launched in 2017, the award seeks to recognize individuals and institutions for their initiative and concerted efforts to protect the country’s rivers from degradation and pollution and to improve their designated use and classification by coming up with appropriate mitigations and interventions.
The Regional Evaluation Committee headed by DENR Regional Executive Director for Region 1 Carlito Tuballa has declared Ilog Alaminos and the Naguilian River System as the region’s entries in the national level.
Tuballa said on Feb. 25, a Unity Walk organized by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office Western Pangasinan participated in by 250 persons from the local government of Alaminos and several national government agencies and non-government organizations.
This was followed by the “Isang Buhos para sa Ilog Alaminos” where some 500 participants manifested their support to clean the river including the CHC Agritech, a private company that provided the organic activator to help reduce the harmful bacteria present in the river.
“The Unity Walk for Ilog Alaminos has raised awareness of the importance of Alaminos River amid the fast-growing local economy,” said Tuballa, adding that the participation of individuals from different sectors indicates a clear indication of their willingness to become part in the rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of the river.
Based on the water sampling done in November last year, the coliform level of the water of Ilog Alaminos was 2,800 most probable number (mpn). The standard of a Class C river is 200 mpn pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 2016-08.
National winners of the R.I.V.E.Rs for Life will be announced on June 10, 2019 in time with the anniversary of the DENR. (PhilStar Wire Service)
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