By Joseph Pedrajas
Continuous efforts to clean all the 18 waterways in Malabon City should be expected after the city government signed an agreement with the environment department, a city official said.
The Malabon City government signed an agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on the “Adopt an Estero” program, which aims to clean and maintain the cleanliness of the waterways, including estero (estuaries) and rivers, in the city.
Mark Mesina, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) chief, said that they were undertaking “continuous efforts” and “weekly clean up operations” in their city’s waterways.
“This is because of the intensive project of our city government and of course, of the order of the President,” Mesina told The Manila Bulletin on Thursday.
Mesina said that, under the program, the city government vowed to commit on three environmental efforts—water quality, proper solid waste management and educational campaign.
The government has already assigned a department to ensure that the satisfactory quality of water will be preserved in the areas where commercial industries are known to discard their waste.
Mesina also said that they have also distributed leaflets and other materials to educate the residents, especially those who live near the Malabon waters, about proper solid waste management.
He added that they were also visiting schools, senior citizen groups and public transport groups to hold educational campaigns.
Malabon City has 18 waterways, including the Tullahan River, which needs immediate clean up and dredging, according to the environment department.
Last month, the city government was awarded the “Kampeon ng Katubigan” by the DENR for its efforts to promote healthy water environment.
Its efforts included the planting of mangrove trees on the Dampalit Waters. The planting of mangroves helps clean the waters through their complex root system that filters the nitrates and phosphates that the waters carry.
“We are trying to commit to clean our waters, of course with the help of other sectors. That’s the goal,” Mesina said.