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Villar, Gatchalian vows to help rehabilitate Bulacan’s rivers

Jul 19, 2017 @ 11:24
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Two senators have pledged assistance in the rehabilitation of Bulacan’s polluted rivers.

Senators Cynthia Villar and Sherwin Gatchalian said they will help rehabilitate the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando River System (MMORS) which was previously tagged as among the severely polluted rivers in the world.

Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado earlier called on local government units to revive the river system.

“This is a cluster of an ecosystem, hindi pwedeng isa lang ang kikilos, collective efforts ito. Ang kailangan ay pagmamalasakitan, walang turuan, walang sisihan at ako’y naniniwalang maisasalba natin ang kailugang ito,” Alvarado said.

Villar said livelihood projects can be derived from river waste.

“In Las Piñas, I spent 15 years of my life cleaning the river kasi tinanggap ko na sa sarili ko noon na ako na ‘yon, hindi ko na sisisihin ang iba na kasi ‘yung dumi nila sa akin napupunta. Magsimula tayong gumawa ng livelihood projects out of waste, tutulungan namin kayo, ng Department of Agriculture, ng DPWH,” she said.

Gatchalian, meanwhile, said he is committed in finishing the rehabilitation project.

“The sooner we receive the resolution, the better. Isa itong sistema and we need holistic approach. Kahit mag-invest tayo ng P1B for dredging, baka after two years lang balik na naman tayo sa original na problema. We need permanent administration and strict enforcement, ma-sanction ang mga hindi umaaksyon,” Gatchalian said.

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