Clean-up at Diliman Creek
Various members of the community taking part in the clean-up activity in Estero de San Miguel


April 22 marks the global celebration of Earth Day. Known as the largest environmental movement to date, the Earth Day Celebration seeks to engage communities all over the globe in addressing the pressing environmental issues of today. This year’s Earth Day theme, “End Plastic Pollution” aims to send the message that it is our practices and behavior that result to impacts on our environment.

Since 2008, the Philippines, led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has been celebrating Earth Day as one of the events that will help address the major environmental issues faced by the country. This year’s Earth Day local theme, “Green the Cities, Green the Oceans”, puts emphasis on how our oceans and other water bodies reflect how humans impact the urban environment. It is a reminder that human activities in the urban environment affect even the deepest oceans.

In support of the national celebration of Earth Day this year, the EMB-NCR conducted an orchestrated clean-up in 7 waterways in the National Capital Region namely Diliman Creek, Ermitanyo Creek, Lanuza Creek, Estero de Maytubig, Estero Fort San Antonio de Abad, Estero de San Miguel and a portion of Manila Bay. The event was attended by representatives of the Local Government Units of Manila, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, San Juan, and Pasig, as well representatives of National Government Agencies namely Department of Health-NCR, Department of Science and Technology-NCR, Department of Interior and Local Government-NCR, Department of Public Works and Highways-NCR, and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

Since all clean-up activities of the EMB-NCR are tied up with the ongoing Adopt-an-Estero Program, the private sector was also represented by the donor partners namely The Caramel Pearl and Goldilocks Bakeshop Inc., Association of Building Managers of Ortigas Center Inc., Manila Ocean Park, and Claro M. Rector High School. Other partners during the clean-up were Haribon & Lions Club Quezon City, and Philippine Statistics Authority.

Through the leadership of Atty. Domingo M. Clemente, Jr., EMB-NCR Regional Director, the event was participated in by a total of 455 personnel from various organizations. Approximately 67,901 kilos of solid wastes were collected during the clean-up.