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1,000 volunteers clear Maguindanao river of water plants

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More than 1,000 environmentalists, laborers, government workers and Moro rebels joined hands Thursday afternoon in removing water hyacinth under the Datu Sajid Piang bridge in Maguindanao as part of efforts to save low lying communities from floods.

Maguinadanao river | ARMM HEART | Manila Bulletin

Maguinadanao river | ARMM HEART | Manila Bulletin

Myrna Jo Henry, speaking for Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (HEART) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said more than 700 workers along with 570 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have cleared about 130 by 75 square meters of water hyacinth that may cause flooding in the area.

Previous clogging of water lilies had caused floods to nearby communities, including Cotabato City, the downstream of Rio Grande de Mindanao.

spearheaded the clearing operations, done manually in the absence of mechanical equipment, to unclog the river especially below bridges in the marshland.

Henry said clearing operations continue everyday to save communities from floods.

Participating in the “bayanihan,” Henry said, include volunteers from local government units of Datu Piang in Maguindanao and Midsayap in North Cotabato, Department of Public Works and Highways personnel, police from Maguindanao and soldiers from the Army’s 6th Infantry Division.

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