REVIVE IT AGAIN. Soligao creek in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, through the help of FDC Misamis Power Corporation and DENR Region 10, will soon be restored back to its previous state - clean and home to different marine species. (Photo supplied by the LGU of Villanueva)
A tripartite partnership between the local government of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Region X and FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis), was purposely established to save the town’s Soligao creek through the “Adopt-an-Estero” program.
In a recently-inked memorandum of agreement (MOA), the proposed restoration and rehabilitation of Soligao creek will utilize the latest and most environment-friendly methods on river system rehabilitation.
Soligao creek, situated within the boundaries of barangays Dayawan and Poblacion 2 in Villanueva town, was once a source of crystal-clear water flowing from perennial water spring. It is also home to fresh water fish, shellfish and crustaceans.
However, due to the town’s rapid industrialization population growth, and indiscriminate waste disposal, Soligao creek was turned into a drainage canal.
Lamentable but redeemable, was how FDC Misamis Plant Manager Luis Lagarnia described the current state of Soligao creek.
“Recognizing the creek’s unwell state, the management of FDC Misamis, therefore, didn’t hesitate to get involved in the proposed R&R of the said creek.”
“We want to see Soligao creek alive again for the benefit of the next generation,” declared Lagarnia.
Five villages in Villanueva will directly benefit from the project. These include barangays Dayawan, Katipunan, Poblacion 1 and 2 and Looc.
FDC Misamis President and CEO Mr. Juan Eugenio L. Roxas believes that reviving the creek brings multiple social benefits.
“Clearing Soligao creek from pollutants will cause great impacts on people’s health and food security,” said Roxas.
“Studies from all over the world show that a healthy environment is known to improve quality of life. We have high hopes that this initiative of the Local Government of Villanueva, through FDC Misamis’ commitment and the community’s sincere cooperation, will be successfully implemented,” Roxas further said.
The proposed restoration and rehabilitation of Soligao creek also seeks to improve biodiversity and resources productivity.
It is likewise attuned to the Philippine Clean Water Act (Republic Act or RA 9275), National Integrated Protected Areas System (RA 7586) and Water Code of the Philippine (Presidential Decree or PD 1067).
Creek protection, including rehabilitation initiatives and water quality enhancement were similarly included as among the major purposes.
While establishment of park buffer and easement zones and development of an eco-tourism site along the creek’s shoulders will soon follow.
“What a laudable project aimed at helping the environment by saving a ‘dying’ river,” said EMB Regional Office 10 Director Sabdullah Abubacar.
Added Abubacar, “A project like this must be kept up so the young ones could appreciate efforts in preserving our environment.”
Meanwhile, the local government of Villanueva, FDC Misamis and EMB Region 10 will act as project implementer and financier, respectively.
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