The Iloilo City Government is poised to conduct a massive clean-up in the city’s coastal barangays soon.
Inspired by Boracay and Manila Bay cleanup initiatives of the national government, Mayor Jose Espinosa III assured that the coastal barangays will be clean again.
“Sang una pwede paliguan ang baybay, subong indi na pwede ka paligo kay indi safe. Kung pwede man lang malimpyuhan ang Boracay and Manila Bay ngaa indi ta malimpiyuhan and mapaliguan ang coastal treasures sa syudad,” said Espinosa.
Iloilo City has 26 coastal barangays stretching from Barangay Bito-on in Jaro district to Barangay Santo Niño Sur in Arevalo district.
According to Espinosa, he also issued directives to the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) as well as asked the cooperation of other stakeholders such as environmental specialists, private stakeholders, and international agencies during the meeting with the Iloilo-Batiano River Development Council (IBRDC) about the plan.
“We have aerial photos showing sorry state of some coastal areas here,”he said.
Espinosa said that they are on the process of identifying the major players who will be directly involved in the conduct of the clean-up. He said that aside from the different stakeholders, the residents and communities and their respective barangay officials will be made as partners of the activity.
He noted that he will issue an executive order for the creation of the task force that will spearhead to monitor and take charge of the clean-up acitivities.
Espinosa also mulled to tap the help of international agencies in building community comfort rooms or communal comfort rooms. Through this, the city mayor believes that the coliform level in the city coastals will be reduced.
Meanwhile, Espinosa urged the city hall employees to swim with him at the coastal beach in Villa, Arevalo before the cleanup to prove their determination.
“Isa ta nga himuon para i-prove ang aton determination, ang tanan nga empleyado makadto didto sa baybay nga mapaligo kita tanan to show our determination to clean our coastal barangays to make it swimmable again,” said Espinosa.
However, according CENRO head Engr. Noel Hechanova, swimming along the coastal barangays is not advisable because of the high level of coliform bacteria.
“To be safe about this, indi advisable magpaligo dira because of the polluted waters. Based sa data from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) grabe kataas ang coliform dira way back in 2005,” he said.
The CENRO head suggested that the water quality at the coastal areas should be assessed first before.
“For many years, gatinguhaan ko nga tani nga mag-undergo Physico-Chemical Survey para mabal-an ang water quality dira sa coastal areas naton,”said.IMT