In support of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje’s Goal to clean-up Metro Manila’s waterways and as part of EMB’s strategy to upgrade the water quality of Manila Bay, EMB-NCR conducted on March 08, 2011 an “Orientation/Coordination Meeting on Adopt-an-Estero” program with prospective donor-partners and the concerned Metro Manila Local Government Units (LGU).

The meeting aimed to orient the prospective donor-partners and LGUs on their roles and responsibilities in the "Adopt-an-Estero" program and thereby solicit their participation and support to the program.

During the meeting, the attendees were likewise appraised on the conditions of Metro Manila's esteros and river systems to further inculcate to them the urgency of taking actions and to work the government on the planned clean-up.

Established which were present and expressed their willingness to support the program include the Skyway Operations Management Corporation, Rohm and Haas Phils. SM Supermarket, GMA 7 Network, Allegro Microsystems, Puregold Corp., Analog Devices, Kopell, Las Piñas Medical Center and SVI DC.

Local Government Units representatives from Malabon, Las Piñas, Navotas and Quezon City likewise expressed full support and cooperation to the program.

The meeting was jointly spearheaded by the Pollution Control Division (PCD) and the Planning, Programming and MIS Division.

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EMB Director
Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna
EMB-NCR Director
Engr. Roberto D. Sheen
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Environmental Management Bureau National Capital Region

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Friday, April 29, 2011

"Adopt-an-Estero" Program

Be part of the solution
Let us clean our waterways
Makibahagi sa Pagbabago

Skyway Corporation adopts Maricaban Creek under DENR’s Linis Estero Program

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje with Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corporation (SOMCO) president and Chief Executive Officer, Ramon M. Borromeo signed an agreement to adopt a 2.6-kilometer stretch of Maricaban Creek during the World Water Day 2011 (March 22) celebration at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signing, according to Paje, is part of DENR’s “Adopt-an-Estero” program which encourages the private sector to extend support in cleaning up waterways in urban centers.

“Most of the water bodies in Metro Manila can no longer be restored by government alone. To sustain our efforts, we need to work with the private sector, the local government and other stakeholders to address the huge volume of silt, wastes and other debris that has affected our waterways. With SOMCO’s support and the active participation of communities to ensure that this creek remains clean, we can pass on to the next generation, a much cleaner Maricaban Creek,” he said.

Also present in the signing are Mr. Eduardo F. Nepomuceno, Head, Special Operations and Projects and External Affairs of SOMCO, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-Director Juan Miguel Cuna, Regional Executive Director Laureano B. Lingan, Jr. of DENR-NCR, General Manager Rodrigo E. Cabrera of Laguna Lake Development Authority, EMB Asst. Director Gilbert C. Gonzales, EMB NCR OIC-Director. Roberto D. Sheen.

Under the MoA, SOMCO will undertake environmental improvement on Maricaban Creek covering 2.6 kilometers traversing the cities of Taguig, Makati, Pasay and Paranaque. Dredging of the creek will also be conducted as well as conduct information and education campaigns, community mobilization activities, and trainings for concerned stakeholders in support of the program.

For its part, the DENR through its EMB-NCR and the Laguna Lake Development Authority will intensify monitoring of industrial/commercial establishments, and undertake, among others, regular water quality monitoring and provide the necessary technical assistance to concerned leaders and stakeholder groups in the area.

In addition to this, the concerned parties also agreed to determine the necessity of, and to the extent possible plan for, more dredging and desilting of the creek, introduction of interventions such as phyto-remediation thru constructed wetlands, planting of bamboo and other plant species along the river banks, rip-rapping or coco-matting, construction, and greening of linear parks.

SOMCO is the fifth company within Metro Manila that signified their commitment to join the program. The first was Manila North Tollways Corporation for portions of the Tullahan River at Barangays Ugong in Valenzuela City and Talipapa in Quezon City; followed by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association for Diliman Creek and its minor tributaries; San Miguel Corporation for portions of Tullahan River from MacArthur Highway all the way to Manila Bay; and AMKOR Technology Philippines Inc. for Palico Creek located at Brgys. Buli and Cupang in Muntinlupa City.