MANILA, Phillippines – The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) launched on Thursday its month-long activity to clean up esteros (water passages) in Metro Manila in time for the rainy season.
MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the program, dubbed as “August Estero Blitz,” aims to collect at least 250 trucks of garbage from 46 esteros around Metro Manila from August 8 to September 8.
Tolentino said MMDA, with the help of Caritas Manila, local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and the Department of Health (DOH), will clean 2 esteros a day to reduce flooding in the metropolis.
MMDA kicked off its program on Monday with the cleanup of Estero Tripa de Galina in San Andres, Manila. Part of the campaign is the clean-up of Tullahan River and Culiat River.
Tolentino asked the public’s cooperation in maintaining cleanliness around Metro Manila.
“Hindi po dapat pamahalaan lang ang mag-linis… dapat po tulong-tulong,” he said.
He added that the MMDA will not demolish houses along esteros as part of the campaign.
"No demolitions yet. This is a clean-up effort to show the public how vital it is to have unclogged esteros," he said.
Last July 24, MMDA launched a similar campaign dubbed as "480-Minute Clean-up Drive,” which was participated in by around 8,000 personnel and volunteers.