is still obstructed downstream, and it will not take long for silt deposits to build up,they added.
This is just one of the problems confronting the Iloilo River Development Project thatDrilon hopes to propel his native city as a major tourist destination in the country.
Drilon said he has drawn inspiration from the Singapore Quays where the river is thecenter of economic and recreational activities.
Drilon has tapped the services of renowned landscape architect Paolo Alcazaren tohelp design the infrastructure to make that happen.
Another problem that could prove embarrassing to Drilon is the ugly sight of informalsettler shanties on the western side of the Carpenters Bridge in Molo.
On March 5, Drilon issued an ultimatum giving these informal settlers until March 30to demolish their shanties or face forcible eviction.
However, Mabilog hasn't taken any steps to carry out that directive from the Ilonggosenator.
Drilon is scheduled to convene the IRDC tomorrow and assess the progress of themany activities lined up to pursue his dream project.
Another issue that Drilon will have to confront is the unmitigated pollution of the IloiloRiver.
Previously, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has reported that morethan 160 business establishments in the city dump their waste into the river.
The EMB recommended to Mabilog not to issue business permits to businesses thatfail to put up waste-water treatment facilities to reduce the pollution problem.
However, Mabilog has sat on this recommendation without taking any steps tocompel these businesses to discharge only "clean" waste water into the river, anofficial of the DENR said.
"The failure of the city government to align its activities with the over-all objective ofthe project will only result in a superficial beautification of the river," the official, whospoke on condition of anonymity, said.
"What's the use of a beautiful Esplanade when the water is still dirty, and the siltationhasn't abated a bit since Senator Drilon embarked on this noble project," he added.
For its part, the DPWH said its dredger could deliver better results if only the citygovernment provides for a bigger area as disposal site.