Philippines: Stars Join Iloilo River Dredging

Stars have started using their celebrity to reach more and help mobilize people into action, according to Such is Ronnie Quizon, son of comedy king Dolphy.

Ronnie, with Iloilo City’s Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, enjoins everyone, especially fellow showbiz denizens, to do their part and help clean the Iloilo River.

Last year, the Iloilo River Development Council, led by Sen. Frank Drilon and Mayor Mabilog, began a massive clean-up and redevelopment of the Iloilo River. The project includes removing illegal fishpens, derelict vessels, relocating illegal settlers, dredging, widening blocked areas and replanting mangrove areas.

In the process, the team had to call on expertise and best practices from river communities worldwide. The need to share and learn from the experience of other local governments soon became apparent, and the idea for the 1st Philippine International River Summit was born, according to Mayor Mabilog.


Dredging Today Staff, May 22, 2012;