Check Out the Newly Cleaned Estero de San Miguel in Manila
This is one makeover everyone can get on board with.
(SPOT.ph) On July 31, the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission posted on Facebook an update on the rehabilitated Estero de San Miguel. A 2.3-kilometer tributary of the Pasig River located in Manila by P. Casal Bridge, the estero's water now looks noticeably clearer, with plenty of new ornamental plants lining the waterway's banks. In May, the commission announced plans to install "trash traps" at certain areas along the Pasig River to help clean it.
According to a report by the Inquirer, the PRRC spent P52 million in 2014 for the Estero de San Miguel's rehabilitation, which started in 2012 after the successful recovery of the Estero de Paco in Manila. This includes dredging, phytoremediation (the treatment and cleansing of the estero's contaminated water using plants), the construction of linear parks, and the planting of ornamental trees and bushes along its banks. The same Inquirer report states that around 100 informal settlers living by the estero were relocated to Bulacan.
The PRRC has several other ongoing tributary rehabilitation projects, such as the Estero de Aviles in Sampaloc, the Estero de Binondo, the Estero de Magdalena, and the Estero de Vitas, among many others.
For updates, log on to the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission's Facebook page.