Swimming not yet feasible at Iloilo River

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Monday, June 9, 2014


THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office has yet to give the green light for swimming at the Iloilo River as coliform concentrations are still above standards.

However, the current trend shows the general improvement of water quality in the river especially improvement at the Calajunan Creek while the Dungon Creek is still way below the standard unless relocation of informal settlers and dredging activity are undertaken.

PENRO Raul Lorilla reported that Resolution No. 2014-01 was unanimously approved by the Iloilo-Batiano River Development Council (IBRDC) last February 28, 2014 by “adopting Oplan Sustainable Workplan for Iloilo River Management (IM) as a program for the improvement of Iloilo River and its tributaries Dungon and Calajunan creeks in Iloilo City.”

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Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said organizers of a Triathlon competition that includes a swimming component and the Double Dragon Boat race are slated at the Iloilo River within this year.

The river council master development plan focuses on the need to improve water quality of the Iloilo River and its tributaries in order to promote tourism activities along the Iloilo River such as boating, swimming, kayaking and other related water contact sports.

Lorila reported that the fecal coliform concentration decreased from Station 9 to 12 during the summer season from the Pepsi Cola plant to the Iloilo River. Improvement was also noted from fecal coliform in six stations at the Quirino ridge, Forbes Bridge, Sooc Bridge, Dungon mouth of the river, upstream Calajunan creek and the Mambog creek.

Five stations have shown improvement from coliform concentrations at the Carpenter’s Bridge, Dungon Bridge, Calajunan downstream of dumpsite, Calajunan downstream of industries and the Mambog creek.

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