The Watershed and Water Resources Research, Development and Extension Center (WWRRDEC) raised concern in the rehabilitation of Balili River through the preparation of research proposal that would analyze the trend of Balili River water quality. The proposal was presented during the 1st Quarterly Balili River WQMA Governing Board Meeting which was held at Fortune Hotel, Otek Street, Baguio City on January 28, 2020.

Considering the merit of the study in the management of the river system, the Governing Board approved the implementation of the proposed research by the second quarter of this year. The information that will be generated shall serve as bases of the concerned agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs) and stakeholders for decision-making in the enhanced management of the Balili River for the present and future generations.

The Governing Board is composed of different government agencies, LGUs and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs). The academe involved were the Benguet State University (BSU), University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB), St. Louis University (SLU) and the Department of Education CAR (DepEd CAR).

The City of Baguio and Municipalities of Sablan and La Trinidad, Benguet were the LGUs present. Government representatives from WWRRDEC, Department of Science and Technology CAR (DOST CAR), National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources CAR (DENR CAR) also joined the said meeting.  Shirley Jaene S. Valde, WWRRDEC