DENR-ILOCOS SELECTS ENTRY FOR RIVERS FOR LIFE AWARD

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ALAMINOS City, Pangasinan – The river system which discharges its water low into the famous Hundred Islands has been adjudged as entry of Region 1 (Ilocos Region) in the DENR’s R.I.V.E.Rs for Life Award.

R.I.V.E.Rs stands for Recognizing Individuals/Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers aiming 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 intends to recognize individuals and institutions for their initiative and concerted efforts to protect the country’s river’s from degradation and pollution and to improve their designated use and classification by coming up with appropriate mitigations and interventions.

On Tuesday (March 5), the Regional Evaluation Committee headed by DENR Regional Executive Director Carlito M. Tuballa declared IlogAlaminos as the region’s entry in the national level of the award.

IlogAlaminos is a Class “C” river with 35-kilometer length and traverses 29 barangays of Alaminos City. Being a Class “C” river, its water is intended only for agriculture, irrigation and livestock watering and discharges in the Lingayen Gulf where the renowned Hundred Islands are sporadically formed

Tuballa said the selection of IlogAlaminos as regional winner and entry in the national level was sparked by the Unity Walk spearheaded by CENRO Western Pangasinan held last February 25.

Led by CENR Officer LitoSalatan, the Unity Walk was participated in by 250 individuals from the local government here and several national government agencies and non-government organizations.

“The Unity Walk for IlogAlaminos has raised awareness of the importance of Alaminos River amid the fast growing local economy,” said Tuballa adding that the participation of individuals coming from different sectors indicates 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 IlogAlaminos was 2800 most probable number (mpn). The standard of a Class” C” river is 200 mpn pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 2016-08.

Appropriate mitigations and interventions should be done to reduce the river’s coliform level and to improve the use of its water probably for recreational purpose said Tuballa.

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.

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