Employees of Barangay Guadalupe Viejo in Makati City recovered around 5 sacks of trash from Balisampan Creek during their weekly cleanup operations last Saturday, 18 July 2020.

Balisampan Creek is a small open canal that drains to Pasig River. It snakes through a mix of commercial and residential housing, starting at EDSA and terminating at J.P. Rizal in Makati City where it merges with Pasig River

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), as part of the Manila Bay Task Force, created under Administrative Order No. 16, s-2019 has directed all 178 LGUs and including 5,714 barangays within the Manila Bay Watershed Area through DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-09 to conduct regular weekly waterway clean-ups to help ease the amount of pollution ending up in Manila Bay.

In 2011, the DENR through its Adopt-An-Estero-Program partners with New Zealand Creamery (NZCI). The memorandum of agreement tasks NZCI to decongest Balisampan Creek through surface clean-up and engineering solutions; mobilize and educate surrounding communities; assist in capacity building in coordination with the DENR; and recommend and implement appropriate measures to reduce pollution along the creek.

Moreover, we largely attribute to our barangay leaders and residents the success of every clean-up activity that aims to contribute to the regionwide effort to restore the water quality in Manila Bay.

(Photo from Ms. Marites Divinagracia Perales Clean and Green Secretary of Brgy. Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City)