DENR National Capital Region installed two (2) trash traps in Tamban Creek and Lapu-Lapu Extension Canal located in Caloocan City to complement efforts of the local government in keeping their waterways clean.

The trash traps were formally turned over to officials of Barangays 8, 12, and 16 of Caloocan City through a simple ceremony and signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) via video communications app.

The virtual MOA signing and turn-over ceremony were officiated by the Manila Bay Site Coordinating and Management Office (MBSCMO-NCR).

Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan signed the MOA on behalf of the DENR National Capital Region. Punong Barangay (PB) Honesto Gaton, PB Nazzer Baldoza, and PB Alfredo Dacles on the other hand, signed on behalf of Barangays 8, 12, and 16 respectively. DENR National Capital Region Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr., meanwhile, stood as witness to the MOA signing and Turnover Ceremonies.

According to Director Caancan, trash traps are simple engineering solutions to the problem of urban pollution. “Trash traps, as the name indicates, traps or captures trash from our drainage systems, preventing them from flowing out into open seas or, in our case, Manila Bay”, Director Caancan explained.

The installation of trash traps in strategic parts of a waterway is one of the interventions of the DENR National Capital Region to help reduce pollution in Manila Bay.