MANILA -- 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.
Captain Jerry Dackel of Barangay 684 said this project aims to welcome the entire community in helping with cleaning the trash and polluted water in the estero.
"Nakikita natin na kapag sama-sama tayong kumikilos, mas naaabot natin ang mithiin na maging malaya sa polusyon na galing sa basura at maruming tubig ang estero," he said.
Two other communities, Barangay 671 and 736, slated their simultaneous assembly last June 1.
Since 2009, the Pasig the River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and the Kapit-Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP) of the ABS-CBN Foundation has been working on improving the environmental and health conditions of Estero de Paco through various efforts and projects.
Among the supporters of the project is the Asian Development Bank, which helps in funding and sponsoring of select projects and efforts.
As one of the 50 esteros that drain the lower Pasig River watershed, Estero de Paco plays a big part in the restoration of the historic Paco area.
Together with the City Government of Manila, the PRRC and KBPIP aim to continue the initiative through improving current projects and inviting more people to join.