PUBLISHED: 02 FEBRUARY 2018
By: Jaemie Ruiz Chua and Ivan Rosal
1 February 2018 -- Regional Director Jose B. Patalinjug III sealed a collaborative agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau, National Capital Region (DENR-EMB-NCR), City of Taguig, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Health (DOH) under the Adopt an Estero Program.
Stipulated in the agreement is the adoption of the Conga Creek, which is within the jurisdiction of Taguig City. Spanning around 300 meters with 28 B MPN/100ml reading of Coliform and 0 oxygen water analysis, the agency aims not only to help in clean-ups of the creek but also in empowering the communities through the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program. The objective of the program is to help boost the areas on Economic Development, Health and Nutrition, Human Resource Development, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Protection and Conservation.
Adopt an Estero Program was initiated in 2010 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other agencies (private and government) in response to the Supreme Court’s mandate to clean up Manila Bay. This endeavour believes that the clean-up should be started in all waterways/esteros that empty into the bay. Based on a recent survey by the MMDA, there are around 273 waterways in the metro. So far, only 48 of them are adopted under the program. The main goal of the program is to achieve a cleaner, safer and healthier metropolitan environment.