The Environmental Personnel of Barangay Cembo, Makati City, conducted a cleanup on the shores of Pasig River on Friday, 14 August 2020.

The activity, led by Kagawad Kalmi Agpay Boregas, was mostly participated by women. They were able to recover 25 sacks of wastes, mostly composed of discarded plastic food and beverage containers.

Pasig River is one of the main tributaries of Manila Bay. Its waters come from three (3) sources: the upper Marikina River System; the San Juan River System; and the Laguna Lake. Trash that is thrown upstream and midstream of the river system, when left uncollected, end up in Manila Bay and contribute to its degradation.

DENR is leading efforts to clean, rehabilitate and preserve the Manila Bay. Its success, however, is largely dependent on the active participation of all barangays of Metro Manila in keeping their waterways trash-free.

(Pictures courtesy of Kag. Boregas, obtained through coordination by DENR-NCR West Field Office personnel)