MMDA starts cleanup of esteros, waterways

May 28, 2013 10:21 pm 

MANILA, May 28 — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Tuesday led some 400 workers in hauling several truckloads of garbage from La Concordia Creek to Plaza Dilao, in Paco, Manila.

Tolentino said esteros in Manila are now heavily silted because of accumulated trash adding that they are "are expecting 10 trucks to be hauled daily."

Tolentino said the cleanup of creeks and other waterways in the metropolis aims to avert flooding as the rainy season is in the offing.

He blamed informal settlers as the main contributors to flooding and at the same time appealed to the public to stop throwing their trash into the waterways.

"I hope they stop the indiscriminate dumping of litter and use of plastic which clog our drainages,” he said.

The Estero Blitz program involves the daily cleanup of esteros, creeks, and drainages in flood-prone areas in Metro Manila to prevent flooding when it rains.

Tolentino said cleanup of at least 273 creeks, drainages and waterways will be done daily for three weeks.

The personnel who joined the operation are from the Flood Control Management and Sewerage Office, Metro Parkway Clearing Group, and Solid Waste Management Office.

MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Emerson Carlos said that as of press time, agency personnel have already collected 30 truckloads of garbage from the La Concordia Creek.(PNA)

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