LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET — The Benguet Provincial Board approved a resolution designating the Amburayan River System as a Water Quality Management Area (WQMA).

The resolution will serve as an official recommendation of the province to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Provincial Board member Jim Botiwey, author of the resolution, explained that the current state of the Amburayan River System needs protection from the various stakeholders within the watershed area to ensure the river system’s sustainability, to generate maximum benefits and welfare to the communities.

The Amburayan River System serves the Municipalities of Tublay, Kapangan, Kibungan, Buguias, Bakun, and Atok, all in the province of Benguet.

The Amburayan River traverses through the provinces of La Union and Ilocos Sur to the West Philippine Sea.

The designation of WQMA has been identified as one of the main strategies to effectively enforce the Republic Act 9275 or the Clean Water Act of 2004 Clean Water Act to improve water quality of water bodies through focused interventions or actions that are designed to address specific water quality and quantity unique to such areas.

The resolution shall be forwarded to DENR Secretary Ramon Paje and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Cordillera Regional Director Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe.

The Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc. and the EMB offices in the Cordillera and Region 1 with all local government units are currently conducting meetings, consultations and information campaigns in support of the approved Provincial Resolution. PNA/