During one of the IATG inspection, the team recovered the shell of a dead freshwater turtle in Matina-Pangi river. Members of the IATG said that the turtle’s death might be caused by the river’s quality which is highly turbid, dark-colored, and foul-smelling.
Freshwater ecosystems near towns and cities are vulnerable to runoff and pollution. Industrial dumping, particulate pollution from combustion engines, and agricultural fertilizers and pesticides end up in rivers and streams. 𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗮-𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗶 𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗯𝘂𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀.
𝗜𝗗𝗜𝗦 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗯𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗶𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘂𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆. Thus, we call on the City Government of Davao and Barangay LGUs surrounding the river to take timely and appropriate action. We believe that all rivers deserve watershed protection.
We also encourage all Dabawenyos to be cognizant of what’s happening around us and participate in ensuring environmental sustainability in the City.