The Department of the Environment of Natural Resources (DENR) stressed the Tullahan River in Metro Manila should undergo an immediate rehabilitation, Super Radyo dzBB reported Friday, quoting a DENR official.
During an ocular inspection, Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones noticed that the river was swarmed with mud and mire from all types of solid waste materials from households and establishments along its banks.
Tons of garbage have made the Tullahan River narrow and shallow, with Leones recalling that his team’s motor boat stalled several times because of the garbage stuck in its propeller.
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.
Earlier, the same news outfit reported that business tycoons Ramon Ang and Lucio Tan expressed their intention to clean up major rivers in the metropolis to complement government efforts at restoring Manila Bay.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu had said Ang offered to clean up the Tullahan River, one of the most polluted rivers in the region.
“I was very happy he offered assistance,” Cimatu told reporters, saying the agency is set to ink a memorandum of agreement with the San Miguel executive next week.
For his part, Tan also wanted to rehabilitate another river in Metro Manila which contributed to the pollution in the bay.
“We are still identifying kung anong river,” Cimatu said. “Yung kay Lucio Tan kami ang pipili (It will be up to the DENR to choose the river to be cleaned up by Lucio Tan).”