Members of the Waterway Task Force of Barangay Pio del Pilar in Makati City removed the pile of floating trash that has been blocking the flow of water in P. Medina Creek on Friday, 7 August 2020.

The Barangay Task Force recovered around 6 sacks of trash from the waterway, an open drainage canal that runs next to the tracks of the Philippine National Railway (PNR). The canal is connected to other waterways that starts in Taguig City and ends at Barangay Palanan, Makati City, where it merges with another creek that is connected to Estero de Pandacan up north and Estero Tripa de Gallina down south.

Either way, the creek is connected to Manila Bay via the Pasig River or Paranaque River and trash that is thrown into the waterway ends up polluting the historic bay when left uncollected.

DENR is leading efforts to clean and rehabilitate the Manila Bay and calls on local governments (especially barangays along rivers and esteros) to help keep waterways within their respective areas of jurisdiction trash-free.

(Pictures courtesy of Christelle Bautista of Brgy. Pio del Pilar Makati City, obtained in coordination with the West Field Office of DENR National Capital Region).