MMDA starts estero clean up

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AMID the proliferation of big mosquito swarms in some parts of Metro Manila, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to start its estero “blitz” aimed at cleaning esteros and creeks in the metropolis.

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MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the “Estero Blitz” will start in Navotas next month in preparation for the onset of the rainy season and is expected to last until May.

Under the project, MMDA personnel will clear waterways of garbage and fumigate areas infested by mosquitoes.

He said they would also convince the Department of Health (DOH) to participate in the project.

“We will try to convince the DOH and health officers to get involved in the project so that they will help in defogging our creeks which became the breeding ground of mosquitoes,” he told the agency’s weekly radio program.

Tolentino also blamed informal settler families (ISFs), who had built their homes right on top of creeks and rivers and turned them into dumps.

For her part, Engineer Emma Quiambao, director of the MMDA’s Sewerage Management Office urged ISFs to also take part in the campaign.

“If we are busy cleaning up esteros and creeks, ISFs should also take part by voluntarily leaving their shanties,” she added.

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