The Bued River System WQMA Governing Board convened on November 8, 2022 at Fortune Restaurant, Otek Street, Baguio City. Major updates include a stoppage order issued by MGB-CAR which is now in place at UABAC area, Kennon Road on small-scale mining activities. This is the result of the joint inspection of the EMB-CAR, MGB-CAR and CEPMO-WAMD of the City of Baguio last April. Another is the ongoing process for the Turnover of the Bued River Ecopark at Camp 3 Tuba, Benguet to the landowner and possible allocation of budget from LGU Tuba, Benguet for CY 2023. Lastly, the general Water Quality of the Bued River System has improved in terms of onsite and primary parameters except for nitrate and fecal coliform.
The designation of WQMAs in the country is pursuant to the implementation of RA 9275 otherwise known as the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004. This is a relevant tool in managing waterbodies which primarily aims to improve the overall water quality of the river systems by meeting the Water Quality Guidelines set by DAO 2016-08 and DAO 2021-19.