Will These New Trash Traps Bring the Pasig River Back to Life?
They're part of the plan to revitalize the Pasig River.
(SPOT.ph) Since it was established in 1999, the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission has worked on many campaigns to restore one of Metro Manila's most well-known bodies of water, including 2013's "Run for the Pasig River" and 2017's "Love Locks at Pasig River" event. Their latest effort, launched on May 3, is the installation of several trash traps along the river's surrounding waterways. The traps were installed along certain parts of the river, particularly tributaries such as the San Juan River, and around various waterways in Mandaluyong, Manila, and Quezon City. These trash traps are meant to block the inflow of garbage into the river aside from making it easier for volunteers to collect the trash from the body of water.
The San Juan River is considered one of the most polluted rivers in Metro Manila. Around 8,000 sacks of garbage weighing almost 4,000 tons were collected from the river from April 2018 alone, according to the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC). The installation of these new trash traps will not only prevent even more garbage from contributing to the deterioration of the Pasig River, but will also serve as a warning to LGUs and various private businesses that continue to illegally dispose of their waste illegally, as it would make it easier to identify the source of the pollutants. Says PRRC Executive Chair Jose Goitia, the erring businesses will be facing still-undisclosed sanctions, and will be named publicly soon.
Despite these efforts, Goitia himself admitted that it will be difficult to fully rehabilitate the Metro's polluted waterways unless the public starts to practice proper waste disposal.
For more information about the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission's efforts, log on to their Facebook page. If you're interested in volunteering, you may contact them at (02) 926-5232, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.