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Iloilo river project wins 2018 Galing Pook Award

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The City of Iloilo won the 2018 Galing Pook Award for its Iloilo-Batiano River Development Project.

“We have always included river development in our plans, tourism and environmental programs, business and trade projects, and similar initiatives. We love the Iloilo River. We want our young generation to enjoy its gift,” Mayor Jose Espinosa III said.

Espinosa expressed thanks to all those who contributed to the project.

The river development project, an initiative by the national government, nongovernmental organizations, academe, and civic society, aims to address siltation, water pollution, encroachment, illegal cutting of mangroves, and informal settlements along the Iloilo River.

Other local government units (LGUs) who received the Galing Pook Awards were Bindoy, Negros Occidental; Cagayan de Oro City; Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte; Loboc, Bohol; Naga City; Navotas City; San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte; Taguc City, Davao del Norte; and Valenzuela City.

Winning LGUs received the Galing Pook marker and a check worth P100,000.