The Adopt-an-Estero Program is one of the strategies of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) to improve the condition of the water bodies in the country. The program which was first implemented in 2010, is known as the flagship program of Secretary Ramon Paje.
In Metro Manila, the Supreme Court Mandamus in Cleaning-Up Manila Bay pushed for providing greater attention in restoring the vibrance of our water bodies draining to Manila Bay. However, the Adopt-an-Estero Program, along with the four (4) Water Quality Management Areas that have already been established, has emphasized the importance of improving all of Metro Manila’s water bodies, and not only those draining to Manila Bay.
With the highly-urbanized characteristic of the National Capital Region (NCR), the Adopt-an-Estero Program, since its implementation, has opened doors for partnership among business establishments, the academe, and other non-government organizations. This program highlights the truest sense of cooperation wherein various sectors namely the donor-partners (represented mostly by business establishments), the Local Government Units, the barangay members where the creeks are located, and even the academe, meet at a common ground with the primary goal of restoring the beauty of our water bodies.
Since 2010, the EMB-NCR has been able to maintain strong ties with its forty-three (43) Adopt-an-Estero donor-partners that continuously commit themselves in providing support for the improvement of the creeks that they have adopted. By adopting the said creeks, the donor-partners take the responsibility to work with the EMB-NCR and other concerned National Government Agencies, the Local Government Units, and the barangays, in conducting regular surface cleaning of the water bodies.
On April 12, 2016, the EMB-NCR was fortunate to lead the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with the new donor-partners namely the Malabon Soap & Oil Industrial Co., Inc., the Ortigas Association of Building Managers, the AAI Worldwide Logistics, and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines for the Tonsuya River, Lanuza Creek, Libho Creek, and Valencia and Beata Creek, respectively.
The event was also graced by the presence of EMB Assistant Director Eva Ocfemia, DENR-NCR Assistant Regional Director Amy Ortiz, DOH-NCR Regional Director Dr. Ariel Valencia, DPWH-NCR Regional Director Melvin Navarro, DOST-NCR Assistant Regional Director Jose Patalinjug. Also present during the event were representatives of MMDA, DILG-NCR, Pasig City LGU, Parañaque LGU, Malabon LGU, and Jollibee Food Corporation. –-NSV