MARIKINA, ABS-CBN LEAD BAYANIHAN IN TUMANA
MARIKINA CITY – The Marikina City government and ABS-CBN LingkodKapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) led an event aimed at rehabilitating Palay Creek in Barangay Tumana.
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, ALKFI Chairman Gina Lopez, students, homeowners in the area, City Hall employees and other volunteers cleaned up as well as placed seeds of roses and other garden plants in the area to make the creek and its surroundings pleasing to the eyes and relaxing to the residents and even to those who are just passing by.
“Bokashi” balls or bio-balls were also thrown into Palay Creek to improve the quality of the water. The Bokashi balls, developed in Japan, are used in breaking down toxins and food wastes in waters with the aid of beneficial microorganisms.
The activity is part of the local government’s efforts to restore the city’s environment including the creek.
Among those who joined the Bayanihan Para Sa Kalikasan on Saturday were students from the nearby Concepcion Integrated School, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina, volunteers from Sunlife Financial, PRRC and BantayKalikasan, and members of the Philippine National Police in Marikina.
To recall, the city council, ALKFI, Sun Life Financial, Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and the Arco Group partnered to construct a linear park near the Palay Creek. The project, which broke ground in March this year, would be inaugurated next month upon its completion.
Aside from the park, Teodoro also plans to put up a police output and street lights along the linear park to make it safer, especially at night. A bigger and wider bridge will also be put up to replace the old one, while the creek will be dredged to ease flooding during the typhoon season.