The Philippine Senate has approved House Bill 5643 or An Act Declaring the Cagayan de Oro River and its Environs a Cultural Heritage Zone. This was announced by Cagayan de Oro 2nd Dist. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez in his Facebook page.

Under the measure, any activity which pollutes, destroys or adversely affects the archaeological, historical, cultural, ecological and economic values of the Cagayan de Oro River and its immediate environs is prohibited.

Any person or entity who shall cause the destruction to the archeological, historical, cultural and ecological values of the river shall suffer imprisonment and fines.

Read full text of HB 5643 below.

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