By Betheena Unite
Desilting activities have been completed on Estero de Tripa de Gallina, a tributary of Manila Bay, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Thursday.
The project aimed at desilting the Estero de Tripa de Gallina, which is considered the longest creek in Metro Manila, was completed at a cost of P46.5 million, Public Work and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said.
According to DPWH National Capital Region Director Ador Canlas, the desilting measure was undertaken along a 900-meter section of the creek “to ensure continuous flow of water and prevent accumulation of silt that lessens its water carrying capacity.”
“Desilting works along Estero de Tripa de Gallina will not only prevent flooding in the surrounding area, but with the trash and dirty silt being dredged, it will also avoid water contamination in larger bodies of water connected to the creek,” Canlas said.
Through the project, a total of 34,585.90 cubic meters of silt were dredged and hauled along the creek from Arnaiz Avenue/Libertad to Buendia, Pasay City.
“Estero de Tripa de Gallina flows to Manila Bay through Pasig River, hence dredging works are necessary to prevent further pollution as we implement our Manila Bay Rehabilitation programs,” Canlas added.
To complement the desilting effort initiated on the creek, two more dredging projects were implemented by the DPWH South Manila District Engineering Office (DEO) on other portions of Estero de Tripa de Gallina.
Meanwhile, desilting operations on the 1.5-kilometer stretch of Manila Bay from the United States Embassy to the Manila Yacht Club had been conducted by the DPWH Bureau of Equipment to support the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Dredging activities along Manila Bay tributaries including Estero de Pandacan, Concordia, Abad, Paco, Tanque, Balete, Provisor, and Sta. Clara are under way.