World Water Day Clean Up Activity
Over the years, the EMB-NCR has been actively leading the implementation of programs that are geared towards the improvement of the region’s water bodies. As part of its celebration of World Water Day this month, the EMB-NCR embarked on a one-day clean-up in creeks last March 17, 2018.
Said activity was participated in by the employees of the EMB-NCR, representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways as well as from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, personnel from the City Environment Management Offices of the Local Government Units concerned, as well as staff from the barangays where the creeks are located. EMB-NCR Regional Director Atty. Domingo M. Clemente was also present during the clean-up at Makati Diversion Channel.
A total of eleven (11) creeks were cleaned-up namely: Makati Diversion Channel, Makati City; Makati Diversion Channel, Makati City; Conga Creek, Taguig City; Pugad Baboy Creek, Valenzuela City; Casili Creek, Caloocan City; Spine Creek, Caloocan; San Agustin Creek, Quezon City; Roxas East Canal, Parañaque; Maytunas Creek, Mandaluyong City; Beata Creek, Manila City; and Valencia Creek, Manila City.
The event was again symbolic of the convergence that the whole DENR wants to achieve with the agencies it works with in its endeavors. Convergence is critical in all of the agency’s programs as the government cannot do everything alone—and activities like this effectively spark collective action and unity. Although clean-up activities are effective in bringing about visible changes in creeks and waterways, our communities still have a long way to go in providing ways on how we can improve the qualities of our water bodies.