The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) invited the public Friday to join and witness the tossing of 10,000 mudballs into Puerto Princesa Bay aimed at improving its water quality.
Mary Ann Joylle Madriñan, senior environmental officer of the City Environmental Management Services Division (EMSD), told Palawan News that the activity is in line with the International Coastal Clean-Up day on September 21.
Madriñan said the mudballs are formed by mixing ordinary clay into fist-sized balls loaded with effective microorganisms (EM) that can decontaminate the water.
“Itong si effective microorganisms bina-balanse niya ang harmful at saka ang useful. Ini-enhance niya ‘yong production ng mga useful microorganisms. Nilagay natin ‘yong effective microorganism sa putik para mag-i-stay siya ng say five days to seven days dyan sa ating coastal area bago siya totally pumunta na sa laot,” said Madriñan.
She said City ENRO chief Atty. Carlo Gomez will give a talk around 5:30 a.m. at the People’s Amphitheater in Mendoza Park before they proceed to the mudball throwing activity at the City Baywalk.
She said Gomez will teach about how the mudballs work in coastal waters.
Madriñan said the first mudball-tossing was in 2017 and the second was last year.
She said the public may also toss a mudball to the sea, but in case it will not be possible, they can still witness the event.
“Kung [halimbawang] wala na tayong mud balls, puwedeng mag-witness na lang,” said Madriñan.