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DENR Enforcers for Metro Manila spearheads clean-up

February 6, 2019

 

Close to a hundred volunteers gathered on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 to participate in a clean-up drive on the shores of BASECO Compound in Tondo, Manila.

The cleanup drive, led by the Task Force DENR Enforcers for Metro Manila (TF-DEMM), was organized in support to the Manila Bay rehabilitation.

According to Col. Jed G. Motus, TF DEMM head, the volunteers amassed some 500 sacks of trash and marine debris after just two hours of collecting.

Joining the cleanup are employees and members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), non-government organizations, and the local community.

Col. Motus revealed that the cleanup drive is but one of the programs of TF DEMM for the area. Other plans include the establishment of community toilets, tree planting, and engineering solutions to the problem of environmental degradation and pollution in Manila Bay.

Baseco is considered as one of the largest urban poor communities in Metro Manila. Recent water quality sampling of the waters surrounding the area reveal high presence of coliform and other pollutants.

To partly address this issue, DENR National Capital Region will be spearheading an information campaign on solid waste management and clean water act, among others.