Bued and Balili River System WQMA governing boards convened to discuss issues and concerns, including the monitoring results and accomplishments in the management of the said river systems on April 26, 2022 at Fortune Restaurant, Otek Street, Baguio City.
Regional Director Ma. Victoria V. Abrera spearheaded the governing board meeting as she thanked the attendees. “Water Quality Management remains a challenging labor; hence, we need to heighten our monitoring system to enrich its aquatic resources. We hope that through these conventions, we may integrate its importance as we persistently work for the purification of our streams”, RD Abrera said.
During the meeting, the Bued River System WQMA Governing board agreed to conduct an immediate joint inspection together with the concerned BLGUs at the UABAC area, a creek near the Lion’s Head to determine the presence of heavy metals and instigate mitigating measures to abate further contamination of the river.
Watershed and Water Resources Research Development and Extension Center (WWRRDEC) representative Mr. Winston P. Manongyao presented the development of the Eco-Park in Camp 3, Tuba, Benguet such as the conducted meetings and trainings with Barangay Officials and residents, propagation of bamboo, and donation of 100 Ruscus leaf bamboo propagules in celebration of Women’s Month.
He likewise presented the Time Series Analysis for the period 2014- 2019 as projection of water quality of Balili River for three (3) years.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) representatives, Engr. Glenn V. Reyes and Engr. Cesario L. Rillera informed the body on the safety purposes of the constructed river walls and cemented river bed to prevent scouring and to protect river easement/ residential areas during typhoons and strong currents in the rivers.
Meanwhile, EMB-CAR, (WWRRDEC), City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) -Baguio, and representatives presented the results of the onsite readings and laboratory analysis of water samples collected in Balili and Bued River for the first quarter. Based on the results, some parameters indicate improvements overtime, however, fecal coliform content struggles to meet its water quality guidelines.
Finally, with the collective ideas, comments, and suggestions from the members of the Board, both WQMAs assure to provide qualitative procedures and programs to enhance its water quality management.