—No study have existed on heavy metals present in
the river of Iloilo Batiano, Philippines. Thus, this study was
conducted to determine the presence and quantities of heavy
metals specifically cadmium, chromium and lead in the
sediments of Iloilo Batiano River. Furthermore, water
physicochemical parameters were determined such as pH and
temperature, in situ. Three sampling stations were identified
adjacent to (1) Batiano Bridge of Oton, Iloilo; (2) Sto. Niño
Bridge of Villa, Iloilo City and (3) Calumpang Bridge of Molo,
Iloilo City, respectively. Three (two sides and at the center
perpendicular to the river) 500 g surface sediments were
collected in each of the sampling station for a total of nine
sediment samples stored in a sterile ziplock and were
immediately transported at the CAS-ASL of UPV, Miag-ao,
Iloilo for the quantification of metals through flame atomic
absorption spectrophotometry (FAAS). Available cadmium was
below detection limit and it appeared that available Pb > Cr in
the three points of the river in the three sampling stations.
Available chromium and lead have high accumulation in station
three (Calumpang Bridge). This study provides information on
the heavy metal status of the river, awareness to the public and
for further conservation of the river.
—Cadmium, chromium, heavy metals, Iloilo
Batiano River, lead.
The authors are with John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime
University-Arevalo, Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Philippines (e-mail:
Cite:Assessment of Heavy Metals in Sediments of Iloilo Batiano River, Philippines, "Brian Gil S. Sarinas, Lorna D. Gellada, Eden B. Jamolangue, Marlon R. Teruñez, and June Raymund Peter V. Flores," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 543-546, 2014.