The DENR, through its Environmental Management Bureau -National Capital Region (EMB-NCR), continues to work towards the improvement of water quality in priority rivers and water bodies in Metro Manila. Under its Adopt-an-Estero/Waterbody Program, the EMB-NCR and the private sector seeks to strengthen their partnership with local government units (LGUs), other government agencies (OGAs) and communities residing along esteros and rivers/waterbodies to support the five (5)-point agenda for the Environment of Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez which includes Clean Water and Clean 500 with the theme “Bayan Ko, Linis Ko”.
When the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), DENR-NCR and EMB-NCR signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last September 16, 2016 for the adoption of Estero de Tripa de Gallina in Pasay City by LRMC, one of the major undertakings of the said MOA is the regular conduct of clean-up activities on -site, the first of which was undertaken on September 24, 2016 covering Barangays 188, 189, 190 and LRT Depot 1-LRMC/MMT site. The event was participated in by selected employees of EMB-NCR and LRMC, including students of the Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS), the University of Pasay, LGU Pasay City and the communities along barangays 188,189 and 190 of Pasay City participated in the said clean up activity.
Director Vizminda A. Osorio graced the event and encouraged the barangays, especially the Barangay Chairpersons, its officials and the residents, to not only participate in the scheduled estero clean-up but to become champions for environmental protection – to segregate their solid wastes and make sure that they avoid throwing their garbage in the estero. She encouraged the participants to see the importance of Estero de Tripa de Gallina in terms of its role in their every day life, its impact in their health and well-being and livelihood opportunities. She emphasized that by their active participation in the rehabilitation of Estero de Tripa de Gallina, they ensure a very good future for the next generation.
Mr. Jesus P. Francisco, LRMC President welcomed and acknowledged the significant role of each partners from LGU Pasay, Barangays188, 189 and 190, EMB-NCR, DPWH and MMDA including the academe from Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS) and City University of Pasay. He reiterated the significance of the coalition by accepting the deteriorating condition of Estero de Tripa de Gallina while acknowledging the importance of working together towards its rehabilitation to the benefit of the environment and the communities around it.
PHOTOS DURING THE CLEAN-UP
Before: Barangays 188, 189 and190 (from left to right)
During: Barangays 188, 189 and 190(from left to right)
After: Barangays 188, 189 and 190 (from left to right)
IEC conducted: Barangays 188, 189 and 190 (from left to right) Information materials were given to the residents in the community by the EMB-NCR personnel.