The 1st Philippine International River Summit that Iloilo City is hosting May 29-June 1 has caught the interest of an Indian columnist.

“The International River Summit will be the platform where Iloilo will proclaim its success to the world and some 1,000 participants from around the world are expected to be around to applaud,” stressed Barun Roy, columnist of India’s leading newspaper Business Standard.

“For Iloilo, the summit’s theme, ‘My River, My Life,’ couldn’t be more appropriate,” he said in his column posted May 17 on the daily’s website.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said the big global environmental event sets the trend in river protection and preservation not only in the country but worldwide.

Roy also credited the introduction of economical wastewater treatment technology implemented in the city as a significant improvement in ecologically-sustainable urban development.

“The best part of the clean-up drive went into raising public awareness…

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