Mayor Jose Espinosa III is no longer pushing through with his plan to swim in Iloilo City’s coastal waters.
Last week, Espinosa told local reporters that he was willing to do it to show his determination in cleaning up the dirty coastlines.
The mayor said he wanted to make the city’s coastal areas fit for swimming again.
But Espinosa changed his mind.
Yesterday, March 21, the mayor said he was advised not to pursue his plan to wade in the “polluted” waters.
“Ginaweigh ta man kay you know as mayor ang imo actions may mga repercussions ina,” Espinosa said.
Instead, he said he would just take a quick dip.
The city has 26 coastal barangays stretching from Barangay Bito-on in Jaro district to Barangay Santo Niño Sur in Arevalo district.
According to engineer Noel Hechanova, head of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), “coliform levels in the coastal areas are not safe for swimming.”
“Indi advisable magpaligo dira because of the polluted waters. Based sa data from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) grabe kataas ang coliform dira way back in 2005,” he said.
Meanwhile, a simultaneous coastal cleanup will be conducted on March 30.
“Ini umpisa lang. Padayunon ta ang pagtinlo para magnubo gid ang mikrobyo. Pwede ta na dayon mapaliguan liwat,” Espinosa said.IMT