Save Asin River Concert

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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, April 3, 2014


RESIDENTS from Barangay Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet and popular musicians in Baguio City are set to take the center stage for a concert which aims to campaign for the protection of Asin River from further pollution.

Tadiangan Nangalisan Hydro Ancestral Land Association (TNHALA) president Roger Sinot said works are now underway for the first ever concert for the Save Asin River campaign to be held on the celebration of Piyesta ti Karayan in the barangay on May 1.

Expected to join the concert for a cause is Northern Philippine Times Publisher and Editor –in-Chief Alfred Dizon, Columnist March Fianza and other local talents.

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The concert for the Save Asin River campaign is an offshoot of the Save Asin River forum dubbed “Maintaining Environmental Integrity Through Community Awareness” organized by the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Cordilleras in partnership with the TNHALA on February 17.

In the said forum which was also implemented in partnership with SM City Baguio, the officialdom of Barangay Nangalisan, Baguio Congressman Nicasio Aliping Jr., Attorney Richard Stone Pooten, the Rotary Club of Metro Baguio, and Milagros Velasco the residents aired their concern for the immediate protection of the river to prevent the same fate that happed to Balili River in La Trinidad which is now considered as biologically dead river and being restored.

“Now would be the implementation of what we learned from the one day seminar. By May 1st we hope to have a “Piyesta ti Karayan (Asin),” Sinot said in his facebook post.

It is also believed that through music the proponents and advocates of the Save Asin River campaign will be able to reach out to the adjoining barangays in Tuba and encourage the City of Baguio as well to support the drive for the realization of one goal - to save the river from further pollution.

Earlier, Nangalisan Barangay officials headed by Punong Barangay Pedro Guzman said there is a need to stop the dumping or throwing of garbage from the tributaries of Asin River such as the Bucan River, City Camp Lagoon that passes to Crystal Cave going to Asin Road, Irisan River, and water coming from Tuba Poblacion area, Lumecneng, and Lasilas.

Sinot also hopes that other companies and the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) will support and adopt the Save Asin River campaign.

In order to protect Asin River from further pollution, the whole community of Tuba should remain united and dedicated in pursuing this venture. The support of the City of Baguio in the campaign is also very important considering that tributaries of Asin River also include some aquatic areas of the city.

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

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 04, 2014.

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