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Bulacan Gov leads efforts to rehabilitate Marilao-Meyc-Obando River System
By: PPAO
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
CITY OF MALOLOS - Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado joins national and local officials in what he calls an “honest to goodness” planning of measures to rehabilitate the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando River System.

In a Stakeholder’s meeting held recently at Club Royale Resort in this city, Alvarado expressed his full support in the advocacy and efforts of the Water Quality Management Area to clean and save the said river system which was tainted with a negative image after being included in Blacksmith’s list of the world’s Dirty 30.

The governor said, he wants all stakeholders to work hand-in-hand and go back to the drawing board to reassess the previous efforts done and design an honest to goodness and sincere program that will urge all concerned officials and residents to unite and move towards the rehabilitation of the said river system which also traverses along the town of Sta. Maria and Cities of San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan and Valenzuela and Caloocan in Metro Manila.

He said that these efforts will start this month of August with the cleaning of the waterways.

“Sisimulan natin ngayong Agosto ang paglilinis sa ating mga kailugan na minsan nang nadungisan, dahil walang magmamahal sa ating ilog kundi tayo, walang maglilinis dito kundi tayo ring mga Bulakenyo,” he added.

Alvarado also committed to meet with Caloocan City Mayor Enrico Echiverri and Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian to represent the province in discussing its efforts to clean and save the said river system.

The stakeholders’ meeting was attended by DENR Regional Exec. Dir. Ricardo Calderon, Reg. Dir. Lormelyn Claudio, and officials from the Environmental Management Bureau including Engr. Dennis Celestal, Engr. Raldy Pagador, Engr. Vic Dela Cruz, Ms. Laura Abando, and Engr. Dorren Torres.

Top officials from Bulacan including Mayors Epifanio Guillermo of Marilao, Orencio Gabriel of Obando, Bartolome Ramos of Santa Maria and Joan Alarilla of Meycauayan also showed support to this activity, along with individuals involved in golds melting, tannery and other commercial establishments.

Aside from covering a program of actions, stakeholders were also given a background on Clean Air Act, Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Control Act, Solid Waste Management Act and Clean Water Act. ###

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