MALABON CITY – The Malabon City government has signed an agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to clean all the 18 waterways in the city, the Manila Bulletin reported.
This will form part of the DENR’s “Adopt an Estero” program aimed at cleaning and maintaining cleanliness of the waterways, including estuaries and rivers.
The DENR said Malabon City has 18 waterways, including the Tullahan River, which needs immediate cleanup and dredging.
Under the program, the local government pledged to implement three environmental efforts – water quality, proper solid waste management, and educational campaign.
The city council has already designated a department to ensure and maintain the satisfactory quality of water in the areas where commercial industries usually throw their garbage.
The local government is undertaking “continuous efforts” and “weekly clean up operations” in Malabon waterways, said Mark Mesina, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) chief.
“This is because of the intensive project of our city government and of course, of the order of the President,” Mesina told Manila Bulletin.
“We are trying to commit to clean our waters, of course with the help of other sectors. That’s the goal,” he added.
Mesina also the local government has also distributed leaflets and other materials to educate people, especially those living near the Malabon waters, regarding proper solid waste management.
They are also visiting schools, senior citizen groups and public transport groups to hold educational campaigns, he added.
In March, the agency awarded Kampeon ng Katubigan to the city government for its efforts to promote healthy water environment.
Its efforts included the planting of mangrove trees on the Dampalit Waters that helps clean the waters through their complex root system, capable of filtering the nitrates and phosphates which the waters carry.