‘Balili River’ run opens

Posted: 08-Dec-2012 / 5 years 19 weeks ago


BAGUIO CITY – the race to save Balili River opens this month in this mountain resort.

The Balili River System Revitalization Coalition (BRSRC) will be conducting the ‘Run for Balili River’ on December 15, a 3k and 7k fun run for the entire family.

The 7k race will start at Baguio Teachers Camp Track Oval at 6 am and the 3k race at Bell church Arc at 6:10am.

The race will end at the Benguet State University gymnasium in La Trinidad, Benguet.

A minimal P130.00 for students and P350.00 for adults will be collected as registration fees.

The fun run is a joint project of the City Government of Baguio and the Municipality of La Trinidad as primary partners of the BRSRC.

The event is hoped to generate resources to augment requirements in the continuing advocacy to clean-up the Balili River and raise consciousness and solicit commitments to the ongoing campaign.

The headwater of Balili River is the Sagudin River found in Trancoville Barangay.

It is sustained by tributary creeks coming from Pacdal, Cabinet Hill-Teachers Camp, New Lucban, Honeymoon, Guisad and Sto. Nino barangays.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan said, ‘the city fully supports the project and will be sending its employees to join the fun run’.

‘We have to show our support and concern for the Balili River System, through team work we can improve the quality of its water’, he said.

At present, the Balili River is a source of water to irrigate vegetable and flower farms in Benguet.

Major pollutants of the River are garbage indiscriminately thrown and domestic sewage directly discharged by households.

Barangays directly linked to the tributaries of Balili River have been told to monitor their constituents and to construct their own septic tanks to avoid discharging their waste into the river.

The BRSRC can be contacted thru Dr. Epifania Claur (UP Baguio) at 442-7231, Dr. Aurea Marie Sandoval (BSU) at 422-2402 local 30 and Ms. Vicky Ferrer (CEPMO) at 300-6585. ***paul rillorta

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