ANTIQUE NEWS

P40M rehab of Malandog River underway

SAN JOSE, Antique - The stakeholders involved in the rehabilitation and development of Malandog River recently met to discuss the P40M worth of project geared towards its rehabilitation and development.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Andres T. Untal in a meeting said that priority should be given to rehabilitate and develop Malandog river for its significant contribution to Antique’s environment, social life of the people, culture and religion, economy, politics, internal security and a lot more.

This year DENR has allotted a total of P40M fund for the rehabilitation and development of Malandog River in partnership the Provincial Government facilitated through the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

During the recent meeting, it was proposed that the Task Force Malandog River be created with convergence of efforts among agencies, local government units and civil society groups to undertake the rehab and development activities.

First on the list are activities that will lead to the assessment, profiling, and characterization of the River which includes survey, mapping and planning; inventory of boats, inventory of informal settlers and structures along the river among other pre-engineering activities.

District Engineer Elsie Sabay of DPWH said that Malandog River Comprehensive Master Plan will be formulated after the profiling and pre-engineering activities are accomplished.

Eco-tourism development is also part of the program with proposed rehab and improvement of riverbanks and expansion of embankment.

For better partnership and engagement not only of agencies and LGUs concerned but importantly the community affected, communication, education and public awareness activities are also essential parts of the program.

There will be community meetings and consultations, symposium in schools, production of advocacy materials in partnership with the local media and information officers.

DENR will also engaged the services of the technical persons/experts particularly laboratory analysis of the water as to presence of heavy metals and pesticides.

It can be recalled that during the Tiringbanay Festival of the town of San Jose, the local government unit launched the Tubigon Solidarity Cruise from the mouth of Malandog river to Barangay Bariri, to highlight the historical and cultural significance to the Tiringbanay Festival as well as advocate for the protection and conservation of Tubigon river now known as Malandog River. (JCM/PSM/PIA6Antique) 

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