The heavily polluted Parañaque River and Estero Tripa de Gallina waters are flowing to rehabilitation efforts.
This, after SM Prime Holdings Inc., led by its chairman Henry Sy Jr., in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, adopted under the expanded effort for the “Battle of Manila Bay.”
In a simple ceremony at the DENR office in Quezon City, Sy said the partnership with the government drive for the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project was SM’s expression of support to various government agencies, particularly Pasay City, Parañaque City and the DENR.
Sy, together with SM Prime Holdings president Jeffrey Lim and other SM Prime officials, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and other senior DENR officials to undertake and lead in the cleanup drive of the two waterways.
During the press briefing prior to the MoU signing, the DENR also announced it would expand the Manila Bay Rehabilitation to include major waterways, including rivers and tributaries that drain into the bay.
Lim said their partnership with DENR and the local governments of Pasay and Parañaque cities was to have a long term solution to reduce the pollution levels and improve the water quality of the two waterways
He also said that adopting the two waterways for cleanup was a milestone for their company as he looked forward for the success and sustainability of the program.
He said SM Prime was not new with this undertaking.
In 2012, he said SM Prime entered into a five-year collaborative undertaking with DENR the local government of San Juan and its communities called Adopt-a-River Program to clean San Juan River.
According to Lim, the program proved successful and has improved the quality of the San Juan River. He noted that the DENR “is leading all of us the value of working together to provide a healthy safe and clean environment today and for future generations.”
Aside from removing the garbage both floating and underneath the two waterways, DENR and SM Prime agreed to commit a long term solution to have a clean river system by developing and implement a comprehensive program to reduce the pollution levels in the two areas.