Itogon seeks to conserve Paedeng

Itogon seeks to conserve Paedang

By Rubyloida Bitog

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ITOGON, Benguet — The town pushes further on its advocacy to preserve the environment.

The legislative body of the municipality recently passed Resolution 91, series of 2012, which is an enactment of an order on the establishment of a Paedeng Festival.

The presence of wildlife creatures like birds, insects, cloud rats and water creatures is an indication of a well – balanced environment, which the town aims to achieve.

It has a lot of wildlife creatures like the Paedeng, which is a native species of fish.

The ordinance states Paedeng is abundant in most of the water systems in town, which include the Agno River.

However, this kind of fish is now being endangered because of different forms of pollution like uncontrolled and unfriendly practices of humans.

Among these are indiscriminate mining, illegal fishing, and wastes mismanagement. The town wants to raise awareness on environmental concerns in order to protect wild lives like the Paedeng.

The ordinance established the celebration of Paedeng Festival every March. It covers competitions related to fishing, cooking of Paedeng, and poster making.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 15, 2012.


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