Creation of Iloilo Batiano River Dev’t Authority mulled-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has proposed the creation of a separate office through a congressional fiat to manage the activities and operations of the Iloilo-Batiano River Development Council (IBRDC) with an annual budget for its operation.
Mabilog said he has met with Senator Franklin Drilon and Representative Jerry Treñas (lone district, Iloilo) to discuss the possible creation of the Iloilo Batiano River Development Authority (IBRDA) through Congress and for providing an annual budget for the office.
The IRDC was organized in 2007 to manage and supervise the activities regarding the rehabilitation and renovation of the Iloilo River spanning more than 15 kilometers.
Batiano River, which spans more than 17 kilometers, was subsequently added to the river council through the insistence of Oton Mayor Vincent flores.
The council was renamed the IBRDC, a multi-sectoral group composed of national government agencies, local government units of Iloilo City and Oton, and non-government organizations.
Mayor Mabilog was elected council chairman while Drilon and Representative Treñas as co-chair with Prof. Evelyn Balleza as secretary and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office as secretariat.
Mabilog said that with a river authority office, the protection and renovation projects in both rivers will be taken care of by an office upgraded through a congressional approval.