By: Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — Strict protocols will be enforced to clean and rehabilitate the San Juan River which also flows in some barangays of Quezon City.
The Quezon City government had joined forces with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Manila Water to formally start a more efficient Adopt-an-Estero project.
In a short program held in the city, the projects’ stakeholders announced a strict prohibition of littering in the said river.
Among those who attended the program were Mayor Joy Belmonte, Manila Water chief operating officer Engr. Abelardo Basilio, Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department head Ms. Andrea Villaroman, Bgy. Kamuning Chairman Armie Castel, at Bgy. Pinagkaisahan Chairman Graziella Saab.
In her speech, Mayor Belmonte gave thanks to the organizations who helped the city to continue its maintenance on cleaning the creeks and rivers despite the on-going crisis.
Furthermore, serving as the next step on cleaning rivers up, Manila Water also provided Mabuhay Balls to the environmental staff. It will make their job easier because it will sip the dirt and stinky smell from the creeks.
The program also credited the Barangay Pinagkaisahan as River Warriors because they served well in cleaning up their river ways.
Adopt-an-Estero program aims to reduce floods and diseases in every barangay of the city. It will also help them metabolize the environment at the same time strengthen their immune systems. (ai/mtvn)