MORE Power releases 1,095 juvenile fish to promote sustainability in the Iloilo River

MORE Power and the Iloilo City Agricultural Office have partnered for the third time to promote sustainable aquatic food in the Iloilo River by releasing 1,095 juvenile fish.

The effort aims to contribute to the river's food sustainability and biodiversity. 

“One of the core values of MORE is all about environmental stewardship, and this is well aligned with one of the core programs of Iloilo City, which is sustainability,” says Niel V. Parcon, Vice President, Corporate Planning and Regulatory of MORE Power. 

The public and private sectors have collaborated on sustainability initiatives, making the Iloilo River a centerpiece of ecotourism in Iloilo City.

The efforts of former Sen. Franklin Drilon and Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas over the past 15 years have transformed the Iloilo River from a malodorous waterway into an eco-tourism site.

“Iloilo River is dirty. But you know, sometime 15 years ago, the efforts of Mayor Treñas and Senator Drilon made Iloilo River one of the spearheading programs for ecotourism in the city. Because at that time, when you have tourist visitors in the city, you don’t know where to entertain your guests. Normally we go to churches, but that is also offered in other cities. And they thought of making the river a centerpiece of that program. So, it’s part of MORE Power’s commitment to be part of that city's sustainability program,” added Mr. Parcon. 

The number of fish released this year has a deeper meaning for MORE Power as it represents the number of days that the company has been serving Iloilo City as its sole Power Distribution Utility.

“Ang fish daw kapag binibigay mo, it's a symbol of happy marriage and devotion. The marriage of Iloilo City and the devotion of a power company propelled the city to progress. It further symbolizes change as well as fertility. Fish also symbolizes balance, stability, and tranquility. This goes hand in hand with our sustainability needs. This goes hand in hand with the food security and livelihood projects of the Mayor” says City Agricultural Office OIC, Mr. Iñigo Garingalao. 

MORE Power is committed to giving back to the environment what man has taken away from it. As the company enters its fourth year, MORE Power vows to continue its tradition of promoting sustainability and biodiversity in the Iloilo River so that future generations can benefit from it.
Zach Golez

A lifestyle blogger based in Iloilo City

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