Students of the University of Caloocan City joined the DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-North (MEO-North) in the cleanup of a portion of Tanigue Creek in Barangay 18, Zone 2, Caloocan City.
The students helped the assigned Estero Rangers and River Protection Officers (RPOs) in removing trapped garbage in the waterway. Tanigue Creek is a small open canal that drains water off several barangays in Dagat-dagatan area and is connected to Manila Bay via Estero de Maypad and Navotas River.
The participation of the students in the cleanup highlights the importance of community involvement in environmental conservation efforts. According to Engr. Nolan B. Francisco, MEO-North OIC Director, it is crucial for the public—especially the youth—to be aware of the impact of waste on our physical and mental well-being, as well as the health of our environment.
“We need to involve them in the cleanup of Manila Bay and other environmental activities as it is they who shall someday benefit from a clean and healthy environment”, he explained.
The cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay is one of the priority programs of the DENR National Capital Region. It is implemented through its four (4) MEOs and partner organizations from both the public and private sectors.