The arguments presented by the stakeholders on the issues surrounding the state of the rivers in the City of Baguio have resulted in agreements to commit continued support for the protection of the rivers. Through the Water Dialogue which the City of Baguio, through its City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO), convened on February 5, 2014 at the City Multi-purpose Hall, water issues such as siltation, river banks encroachment, pollution, solid and liquid wastes, informal settlements, resources and others were argued about lengthily. Recommended courses of actions to address the identified issues were expected to be delivered by concerned stakeholders.
The EMB-CAR was one of the presenters of water programs where the Adopt-an-Estero/Waterbody Program, and the adopted Balili River which was designated as Water Quality Management Area (WQMA) were promoted. Also, the concept of WQMA, and the Bued River being proposed as WQMA were also introduced. The open forum clarified specific roles of the national and local government as to the enforcement of the Philippine Clean Water Act (RA 9275) and the implementation of programs and activities.
The Water Dialogue is an annual gathering of barangay officials, community, academe representatives, and the private sector to discuss water issues of the major rivers (i.e. Ambalanga, Agno, Bued, Asin-Galiano and Balili) in the City. Convened annually by the CEPMO, this is one of the information, education and communication (IEC) strategies under its “Salaknib ti Waig” program, a local adaptation of the Adopt-an-Estero/Waterbody Program.