By Chito A. Chavez
Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael D. Sueno called on the concerned local government units (LGUs) to strictly enforce the anti-dumping laws to avoid polluting Pasig River further.
Sueno particularly called on the cities of Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig and Taguig, and the municipality of Pateros where the Pasig River runs along to help save the once pristine river by acting on the domestic waste of residents and informal settler families (ISFs) living along the stream.
“Governance of the water is just as important as governance of the land. It is the duty of LGUs in Metro Manila, where Pasig River spans, to ensure that residents and ISFs do not dispose their domestic waste into the river,” he said.
“If households continue to dump their trash into the river, it makes futile the efforts of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and other public and private individuals and groups,” he added.
Yet aside from waste management, Sueno emphasized that the apt long-term solution of LGUs, together with concerned housing agencies, is to relocate ‘estero families’ within their areas of jurisdictions.
The goal of the PRRC, under the Office of the President, is to restore the Pasig River’s water quality to Class C level that can be suitable for fishery, secondary recreation like boating, and water supply for manufacturing processes after treatment in line with the Commission’s mission of “transforming Pasig River and its environs into a showcase of a new quality of urban life.”
PRRC said the 27-kilometer Pasig River is much cleaner and alive now compared to its condition in 1990s when it was declared as ‘biologically dead’ by ecologists.