METRO MANILA, Philippines – Environmental Management Bureau National Capital Region through its Ambient Water Unit and Solid Waste Management Section conducted Bokashi/Mabuhay Balls Throwing for the month of September at five identified creeks that are part of the Water Quality Management Areas namely: Lingunan Creek, Mariblo Creek, Diliman Creek, Anaran Creek, and Maytunas Creek on Wednesday, September 15, while observing COVID-19 Minimum Health and Safety Protocols (MHSP).

The officers poured two gallons of EM (Effective Microorganism) solution on the creeks’ surface and threw Bokashi balls or mostly known as mud balls/ Mabuhay balls. Using the EM technology, polluted water sources can be improved and ultimately may be converted into a water supply source. The said activity will lessen, if not, eliminate E. Coli and the odor of the river system including its tributaries that are draining to Manila Bay. Water quality sampling is also conducted before the throwing of Bokashi Balls.

The said activity is in support of the Gender and Development (GAD) program on empowering income-deprived women, promoting gender equality, and in support of the ongoing Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program.