Friday, September 2, 2011

Iloilo City to host nat’l river summit


ILOILO City – The city government has started preparing for the two-day 1st National River Summit slated either on last week of October or early November.

The summit will summon at least 50 urban centers in the country known for their best practices in river development.

It will be sponsored by Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Rivers of the World Foundation.

According to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog’s spokesman Jeffrey Celiz, Sen. Franklin Drilon who currently spearheads the campaign to save the Iloilo River is supportive of the summit.

“This summit will help people realize how crucial rivers are. It is also imperative for all of us to understand our social and corporate responsibilities towards our environment,” Celiz said.

Mabilog earlier said that the summit was inspired by the award garnered by the city during the international search for livable communities held in Chicago, USA in November last year.

The Iloilo River Development Project bagged “gold” or excellent citation in the “natural category” of the 2010 International Awards for Liveable Communities (Livcom).
“The Gold Award for our Iloilo River manifests that we, Ilonggos, take good care of our river,” Mabilog said.

The country has a total of 14 river systems intercrossing of different rivers.

Eight of these are in Panay Island and greatly need rehabilitation, conservation and massive watershed development.

In Western Visayas, there are 881 rivers, 27 lakes and 42 lagoons. Iloilo province hosts major river systems – Aganan-Tigum and Jalaur-Suague, among others.

Iloilo City hosts four tributary creeks and two major rivers -- Iloilo River that divides the seven city districts and the Batiano River in Molo-Arevalo area up the municipality of Oton, Iloilo./PN


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