DENR National Capital Region, through its East Field Office (EFO), led a cleanup of a portion of Nangka River in Barangay Fortune, Marikina City.

The activity, done in coordination with officials of Barangay Fortune and the City Environment and Management Office (CEMO) of Marikina City, was participated by Estero Rangers and representatives from the local government.

Together, the team was able to recover two hundred fifty-seven (257) sacks of various wastes from Nangka River, composed mostly of discarded plastic packages for food, beverage, and personal hygiene products.

Nangka River is a major tributary of the Marikina River and serves as a natural boundary between Metro Manila and CALABARZON Region (Rizal Province). The waterway, moreover, passes through several heavily populated barangays of both regions.

Improperly disposed trash of residents near the waterway, when left uncollected, eventually ends up in Nangka River. This, in turn, contributes to pollution loading into the Marikina River and Manila Bay.

DENR National Capital Region is leading efforts in Metro Manila in the cleanup, rehabilitation, and conservation of Manila Bay. The cleanup of Nangka River, along with other waterways of Metro Manila, is part of this endeavor.