Manila Water and the Department of Public Works and Highways-National Capital Region (DPWH-NCR) are teaming up to clean up heavily polluted waterways in Metro Manila.
Ferdinand dela Cruz, Manila Water Corporate Strategic Affairs Group director, said 58 percent of pollution comes from untreated domestic wastes while 330,000 tons of harmful wastes are dumped into rivers yearly.
“This is one of the main causes of biologically dead waterways,” dela Cruz said.
Manila Water has launched Toka Toka, an environmental awareness campaign aimed at reviving the heavily polluted rivers in the metropolis.
“Environmental sustainability is really a big issue and Manila Water cannot do it alone that is why we are seeking the support of DPWH to synchronize and align our programs towards environmental protection and sustainability,” dela Cruz said.
For his part, DPWH-NCR Regional Director Rey Tagudando said DPWH will to its share or “Toka” by spearheading a quarterly clean-up drive of various waterways such as in Estero Tripa de Gallina until 2014.
DPWH has also joined the Lakbayan Tour, Manila Water’s premier information, education and communication program on water and wastewater education that gives stakeholders a view of the water trail from the water source, treatment, distribution including wastewater management.
More than 20 district engineers from various DPWH regional offices joined the plant tours.
Manila Water is the East Zone concessionaire of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System providing water and wastewater services to more than 6.2 million residents of portions of Quezon City and Manila, Marikina, Pasig, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pateros, Makati, Taguig and several towns in Rizal province.
JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ