Promise 126: Restore and preserve the country’s rivers

Health and Environment

Posted at Jul 20 2012 01:24 AM | Updated as of Jul 25 2014 08:57 AM


The Promise
In his speech at the 1st Philippine International River Summit in June 2012, Aquino reinforced the government’s commitment to the restoration and preservation of the country’s rivers, citing the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ successful Adopt-a-River Program and its proposal on the observance of Philippine River Day.

“The DENR has taken the first step by proposing the observance of Philippine River Day every year on March 22, to increase awareness of our campaign to restore and preserve rivers all over the Philippines—from the Pasig River, which is almost at my doorstep, to the Iloilo River, which is right on yours. The commemoration of Philippine River Day will give us a venue to unite our efforts to save our rivers and remind us of our duty to the environment—a duty that must be fulfilled every day.”


Speech of President Aquino at the 1st Philippine International River Summit

In progress

June 11, 2014 - The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission on Wednesday inaugurated two rehabilitated tributaries of the Pasig River in Manila: the Estero De Sampaloc and Estero De Valencia located in Jose P. Laurel Street. (Continue reading)

June 5, 2014 - Residents near the Estero de Paco in Manila painted murals on the easement, highlighting the need for restoring sewer and septage connections. Facilitated by barangay officials, Maynilad representatives and officers of the City Government of Manila, the residents discussed solid waste and water management and how they can translate the cause through art. (Continue reading)

March 9, 2014 - Residents of esteros connecting to the Pasig River united to clean and improve the waterways vital to the rehabilitation of Metro Manila's most important river system. (Continue reading)

November 21, 2013 - The World Wildlife Fund - Philippines and city government of Ilagan joined hands in the restoration of Abuan river located at the eastern part of Ilagan city and its 2,000 hectares watershed area at the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. The WWF's conservation program includes marine conservation on species and habitats and utilizes highly integrative and participatory approaches to find solutions that work for the environment and for the people that live in and depend on it. (Continue reading)