By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK
THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority cleaned up a vital waterway in Manila in anticipation of the rainy season.
In a press statement, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said the clean up drive in the notoriously trash prone Estero de Binondo near Juan Luna Street has been done Thursday without a hitch.
He said together with the officials of Barangay 287 Zone 27 District III of Manila, members of the MMDA’s Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office, using cranes, were able to remove floating trash and plants thereby decongesting the waterway.
At the same time, the MMDA chief noted that said aside from clogging up the waterway, the trash also affect the pumping of flood water to Manila Bay by the city’s pumping stations since they clog up pumps.
Nevertheless, Lim gave assurance that the four pumps in the nearby Binondo pumping station are working well and ready for the incoming rainy season.
“Our dredging operations in the area will continue to maintain cleanliness of Estero de Binondo and nearby waterways,” Lim said.
Aside from the regular clean-up and dredging operations, Lim also said the MMDA will seek the help of Manila City Hall and Department of Environment and Natural Resources to trace the source of the water waste found in the esteros of Manila and to check whether it is treated or not.
“We will coordinate with the authorities to sanction establishments that throw their garbage directly to esteros and other waterways,” he said.
Lim also appealed to the public to stop throwing their garbage in esteros as it causes flood.
“I want to remind the public that esteros are not trash bins so we have to exercise discipline and stop throwing our garbage there,” the MMDA Chairman stressed.
Photos of Estero de Binondo teeming with trash became viral on social media a few months ago prompting the MMDA to prioritize cleaning the area.