Save Asin River

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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, February 6, 2014


BARANGAY folks in Nangalisan, Tuba Benguet are now organizing themselves with the aim to establish a strong network that will spearhead the campaign for the protection of the Asin River.

Tadiangan Nangalisan Hydro Ancestral Land Association (TNHALA) President Roger Sinot said the time to save Asin River is now to prevent the same situation that happened in Balili River in La Trinidad, Benguet which is now being restored after being considered as biologically dead river citing the fact that common organism can no longer live in that particular body of water due to environment pollution.

“Let us clean our river for our children and for the next generation to come. Let us bring back the fresh clean river and put it in the world map of tourist destination,” Sinot said.

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Sinot added the support of the entire community, volunteers, environmentalists, concerned government agencies, teachers, and students is needed in realizing this venture which is also seen as one way of preserving the culture of the community.

“Saving the river is like saving the Ibaloi culture. We have to bring this back to its existence,” Sinot said.

But before being fully organized the need to inform the residents on the important role they have to play for the protection of the river and the essentials of the river protection goals including how they can actively participate in the campaign for environmental protection by writing stories on the environment is now being planned. Preparation for the conduct of a seminar to address the said concern is now underway.

Suggestions for the group’s name such as Asin Sagip Ilog Network (ASIN) may also be considered.

Sinot said veteran journalists Ramon Dacawi and March Fianza including Rex Sapla of DENR have been writing stories about Asin way back their college life. He hopes that they will also participate in the environmental and journalism seminar dubbed “Save Asin River” set this month with the University of the Cordilleras College of Arts and Sciences as one of the project organizers.

The tributaries of Asin River include the Asin Gallano River, Bucan River, City Camp Lagoon that run to Crystal Cave going along Asin Road, Irisan River flowing at the Irisan Bridge, and water coming from Tuba Poblacion area, Lumecneng, and Lasilas

There are many opportunities to protect the most important aquatic areas in our community to sustain a healthy environment and ensure its protection for future generations. Let us support the Asin community in their cause for the protection of Asin River.

For comments and topic suggestions please email alahsungduan@gmail.com

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 07, 2014.

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