Cleanup of Estero de Tripa de Gallina (Photo courtesy of DENR)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SM Prime Holdings (SMPH), Inc. for Manila Bay’s clean-up drive, the Philippine News Agency reported.
The non-binding pact will formalize the adoption of the Estero de Tripa de Gallina and Parañaque River of the integrated property developer.
The two of the polluted waterways in southern part of Manila are among those to be cleaned by the agency along with partners.
Major activities lined up for the bay’s rehabilitation include relocating informal settlers, cleaning up waterways which directly or indirectly draining the area, and educating the public on solid waste management and other environmental matters.
Previously, San Miguel Corp. pledged to participate in Manila Bay’s rehabilitation by taking care of the Tullahan River, one of the bay’s major tributaries.
Tullahan River, which empties into the Manila Bay, is situated to the north of Manila and has an approximate length of 7.6 miles or 15 kilometers. It starts at the La Mesa Reservoir in Quezon City and flows through Malabon and Valenzuela.