Posted January 13, 2015
Written by Gloria Villas
Alarmed by the rising levels of coliform contamination of water samples taken from the Sooc River very recently.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan has urgently asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to immediately classify according to usage the Sooc River waters in the vicinity of Kalibo’s dumping site in Barangay Bachao Sur and Buswang Old.
The urgent request was embodied in Resolution No. 277, Series of 2014 enacted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during its 43rd Regular Session on December 10, 2014.
The reason why the SP has requested for the immediate classification of Sooc waters was that both the DENR and the Aklan Environment and Natural Resources Office cannot possibly establish the parameters as to what level of coliform contamination can be tolerable to prevent hazards to human life and marine resources as well as the environment.
It was also learned that DENR had earlier conducted tests on these water samples in the same vicinity of the Sooc River and tallied millions MPN/100ml of coliform contamination from the Sooc River water samples.
Meanwhile, in a conference Kalibo Save The Mangroves Association (KASAMA) Chairman Atty. Allen Quimpo explained that the law provides in Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, the prohibition to operate on a dumpsite when affecting the health of citizens.