The Pasig River, which traverses major cities in Metro Manila, is considered as the “lifeline of our nation.” For years, various attempts have been carried out to rehabilitate or revive this long-been considered as dead river. Such attempts, though significant at some points, seemed to be insufficient to address all the requirement of successful river rehabilitation, not to mention people’s lingering doubt that reviving the river is such an impossible endeavor. On February 24, at a grand media launch held at the Makati Park and Garden, Lopez led a multi-sector group to launch “Kapit Bisig sa Ilog Pasig” – a massive clean-up and rehabilitation campaign to rescue the ailing Pasig River.
The project is led by the ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. (AFI) and the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Lopez, the Managing Director of AFI, called the significant event a “genuine display of bayanihan,” with public servants and the private sector working together for one noble cause – bringing back life to a river “intimately connected to our history, culture and origin as a people.”
To revive the waters to Class C. Bantay Kalikasan, in partnership with concerned local government units, government agencies, the private sector, non-government organizations, and the general public, will be addressing the problem by mitigating pollution at source. This gave birth to Bantay Kalikasan’s very own Kapit Bisig sa Ilog Pasig, a project for the rehabilitation of Pasig River.
Gina Lopez- Managing Director of ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. Mayors Alfredo Lim of Manila, JV Ejercito of San Juan, Mercedes Fernando of Marikina, Jejomar Binay of Makati, Benhur Abalos of Mandaluyong, Freddie Tinga of Taguig, Vicente Eusebio of Pasig and Sonny Belmonte of Quezon City Sec. Lito Atienza of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Vice...