The Environmental Management Bureau – Cordillera Administrative Region (EMB-CAR) inked a Memorandum of Agreement with forty-two (42) adoptors of the Balili River on September 16, 2021 at King’s College Gymnasium, Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet. Same activity is in celebration of the eighth (8th) year of the Balili River following its designation as a Water Quality Management Area in 2013. This year, LGU La Trinidad through the Municipal Environment Resources Office and General Services Office hosted the celebration by convening all the adoptors who signified their interest to adopt approximately 26.8 KM stretch of the Balili river. Part of the stretch of the river includes the creeks in Pico, Betag and Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet. LGU La Trinidad also recognized all the active partners from the various organizations, business establishments and the academe which continously vouch their support to revitalize Balili River.

RD Ma. Victoria V. Abrera emphasized in her message to continue the government’s advocacy in protecting our rivers in the region. She commended the efforts of the Local Government Unit headed by Mayor Romeo K. Salda and Vice Mayor Roderick C. Awingan and the General Services Office through its MENR Office.

Meanwhile, Honorable Romeo K. Salda said during his message that the activity is intended to preserve the environment especially that the Balili river’s fecal coliform does not conform with the Water Quality Guidelines. He hopes that the La Trinidad Water District’s sewerage facility will materialize in order to enhance the water quality of the Balili river.  He also said that continuous collaboration with the City of Baguio is now underway to clean the Balili river.

Mr. Dwight A. Daodao, General Services Officer ended the ceremony by congratulating the earth warriors’ commitment in restoring the Balili river.

Present during the activity were Regional Director Nancy Bantog (DOST-CAR), Dr. Felipe Comila (President, Benguet State University), and Atty. Rolando Vergara (President, King’s College of the Philippines) together with 16 local brgy. government officials. The Adopt-an-Estero Program is one of the flagship programs of the DENR through EMB which encourages partners and stakeholders to adopt a certain stretch of a waterbody through community clean-ups, appropriate river activities and innovations. The Balili River is one of the three (3) Water Quality Management Areas in the region. //ETB