DENR National Capital Region deployed Estero Rangers assigned in different waterways of Manila, Mandaluyong, and San Juan City to help clean the coast off Ermita, Manila which has been swarmed with trash and debris in recent days.

The Estero Rangers gathered early Wednesday morning, 30 June 2021, at the Baywalk area—the coastal promenade that stretches from the US Embassy down to the Manila Yacht Club in Ermita, Manila—to collect trash and other floating debris on the shores of Manila Bay.

This is the fourth time this week, Estero Rangers from other cities were temporarily pulled off their original assignments to help in the cleanup in the area. The regional office, through its West Field Office (WFO) has nine (9) assigned Coastal Rangers at the bay walk area. However, as wind patterns changed in Manila Bay due to the onset of the rainy season, an extraordinary amount of trash from inland sources kept on showing ashore, overwhelming the efforts of Coastal Rangers assigned in the area.

This prompted Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan to order the deployment of Estero Rangers from other areas. Joining the Estero Rangers are some personnel from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Manila City Hall’s Department of Public Services (DPS).

Today’s cleanup activity resulted in the recovery of five hundred twenty sacks (521) sacks of mixed trash, together with three hundred fifty-six (356) bamboo and wooden poles.