Flowing Forward: Updates on the Butuanon River Rehabilitation
Great news: 10% of the Butuanon River is rehabilitated!
In a statement, Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing states that the Butuanon River is not quite there yet, but is moving forward. In efforts to save the Butuanon River, the Mandaue City government, Cebu City government, and the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry are working together.
The 20-kilometer river is situated between the cities of Mandaue and Cebu–while the river originates from the upland areas of Cebu City, 15 kilometers of the river runs through Mandaue City. In an interview with Sunstar Cebu, Mayor Quisumbing says, “Since technically, most of the Butuanon River is in the territorial bounds of Mandaue, we have to take responsibility. We cannot control outside the city. We can only control what happens within. We are doing what we can to protect the Butuanon River.”
The Mandaue City-headed rehabilitation of the Butuanon River has many aspects. At the moment, though, the focus of Mandaue is the establishment of a pilot area. The area selected is a one-kilometer stretch of the Butuanon in the barangays of Ibabao-Estancia, Alang-alang and Paknaan. The pilot area is close to the mouth of the river, where it flows out into the Mactan Channel.
A component of the rehabilitation efforts are the weekly clean-up drives of the river, conducted by personnel from different city departments with residents and workers of establishments within the vicinity assisting in the clean ups. Aside from that, in order to prevent flooding and clogging, the city government also looks toward slope protection of the banks of the river thru sheet piling.
Another component of the pilot area is to build and launch a viewing deck of the Butuanon, to raise awareness and provide information to both locals and tourists alike. MCCI President Stanley Go, who has been active in the rehabilitation efforts, stated that by informing residents along the river on the effects of improper waste disposal. They also discourage residents from throwing trash anywhere as this is key to saving the Butuanon.
Another component of the pilot area is to create a catchment facility. The catchment facility acts as a last line of defense in order to prevent trash and waste from flowing out into the sea.
All in all the rehabilitation of the Butuanon River is flowing forward. With the combined efforts of the city governments, private individuals and non-government institutions, there is a glimmer of hope yet for the Butuanon river. All we have to do is inform our neighbors, family and friends on the health of our rivers, and learn how you can help. Lastly, let ourselves be guided by the current of progress. I believe in our lifetime we can see a more vibrant