PIA Press Release
Monday, January 23, 2012
Iloilo to host 1st International River SummitILOILO CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA) -– Iloilo City’s initiatives in cleaning its river has earned for it the recognition to be the host of the 1st International River Summit on March 22-23 this year.
According to Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, this recognition should challenge Ilonggos to take care of the Iloilo River which “has given life to our ancestors, to us and to our children and their children.”
The event, he added, will make the Iloilo River Rehabilitation Project as a learning laboratory, highlighting global challenges, issues and best practices in river management.
A press release from the Iloilo City Information Office, said that the areas of interest which will be featured, include governance, rehabilitation, protection and restoration and development.
This summit is initiated by the city government, and supported by the Rivers of the World (ROW) Foundation, Environmental Management Bureau of the DENR, Japan International Cooperation Agency and Petron Corp.
New Delhi-based ROW Foundation is a global group dedicated to restoring and protecting rivers and streams around the globe.
The group aims to remedy the massive pollution created by the untreated discharges from urban and suburban watersheds of various rivers and creeks.
Iloilo River is a15-kilometer estuarine, deriving fresh water from rivers and creeks that are connected to it and saline water from the sea that feeds it.
Mabilog said the summit has been inspired by the Gold Award won by the Iloilo River Development Project in the 2010 International Awards for Livable Communities (LivCom), in Chicago, United States.
LivCom has considered the best practices for Iloilo River as an approach to sustainable development. (JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo).