Balitanghali report on DENR’s plan to clean esteros
After President Noynoy Aquino himself inspected some of the murky esteros outside the Malacañang Complex in Manila on August 10, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Ramon Paje said the government body would try to clean esteros in Manila such as Estero de Paco and Estero San Miguel within 100 days, reports Balitanghali. Over 100 families residing near the esteros will be relocated to Laguna, according to Department of Public Works and Highways Sec. Rogelio Singson.
Manila Police District Dir. Rodolfo Magtibay told Balitanghali that the first ever eco-precinct will be put up in Paco, Manila. Police officers would patrol esteros using boats to ensure that the cleanliness the DENR will work to achieve would be maintained. The police will also make sure that informal settlers would not come back to their estero residences once they have been relocated, and that the factories near esteros will not dump industrial waste into the waterways.
Saksi video: Pres. Noynoy Aquino inspects esteros.
Saksi reports that the President’s surprise inspection on August 10 came after a meeting with the Pasig River Rehabilitation Council. After learning about the problems of the esteros connected to the Pasig River and Manila Bay, Aquino decided to see the state of the waterways for himself. The Pasig River was declared biologically dead in 1990, according to Saksi, but Aquino said that with rehabilitation and filtration on both banks, the river might even become a source of livelihood.
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