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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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Officials uniting to solve
pollution, fish kill problem

Barangay officials of communities in Bacolod City affected by the fish kill in the Cabacawan creek, are trying to find a long-term solution to the problem, after a meeting in Barangay Estefania yesterday presided over by Bacolod City Administrator John Orola Jr.

Orola said the barangay captains of the areas affected by the fish kill have decided to start a clean-up and education campaign to make the public aware about the importance of protecting and preserving the environment.

Orola said that, upon instruction of Mayor Evelio Leonardia,they met yesterday morning and conducted an ocular inspection in the Cabacawan Creek, together with Estefania Barangay Captain Elsie Valenzuela, Villamonte Brgy. Captain Andre Victor Las Piñas, and representatives of the Environment and Natural Resources Office, City Health, City Agriculture and Jomarie Vargas, head of the Bacolod Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

During the inspection, they found some dead fishes floating, but the foul odor had subsided because of the rain the night before. However, they saw garbage and plenty of plastics dumped into the creek, he added.

Orola said representatives of ENRO, BFAR and the Negros Prawn Producers , saidsince the fishes have been dead for several days already, the tests conducted on them will not be very conclusive.

Las Piñas said he is asking concerned agencies to determine if the creek is free from contamination before theyproceed with their clean-up drive. He said this is a blessing in disguise because it called their attention to free the creek from pollution.

Valenzuela reported during the meeting that they recovered 15 sacks of dead fishes that they buried behind their gymnasium.

Meanwhile, Orola said after the creek is free of pollution, the BFAR is willing to provide tilapia fingerlings to provide livelihood to the people in the area.

At the meeting were the officials of Barangays 5, Monte Vista and Banago, Secretary to the Mayor Moises de la Cruz, City Environment Officer Max Sillo, City Health Officer Dr. Salome Biñas, and a representative from the City Agriculture Office.*CGS

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