KBPIP takes part in cleaning the river—one estero at a timeKapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP) recently joined activities that aim to help in the rehabilitation of the Pasig River. These are Lakbayan Water Trails, the Estero dela Reina cleanup and the Pasig River tour.
Headed by Manila Water, Lakbayan Water Trails aims to highlight the importance of preserving watersheds and to gather insights and recommendations that will benefit the Pasig River system. The KBPIP team, together with the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), visited Angat, Ipo and La Mesa dams.
To celebrate World Water Day, an inter-agency cleanup drive headed by the PRRC was carried out at Estero dela Reina as a kickoff celebration.
Meanwhile, the Pasig River tour showed participants the current situation of the river after the rehabilitation efforts. Although there are still informal settlers along the riverbank, KBPIP and its partners are optimistic the river will come back to life again.
“If you clean the Pasig River right away, it will still remain filthy because the water is coming from the esteros. The esteros are like its veins where the garbage is coming from,” said Melvic Cabasag, project lead/site specialist of KBPIP.
He added: “Our pilot project was Estero de Paco back in 2010. It was one of the major contributors of pollution of the Pasig River. The technique is, you start with the esteros down to the main river. Our goal is to have Class C water quality.”
The Class C classification indicates that the water is “safe for propagation of fish, recreation and post-treatment manufacturing processes.”
Aside from cleanup activities, KBPIP also conducts ecowaste management seminars in the communities and environment-themed storytelling activities for children. (Story/Photos by: Althea Cahayag)