DoST embarks on clean-ups of esteros in MM

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

The Department of Science and Technology recently partnered with the local government of Taguig City in analyzing the health of its Conga Creek and restore it back to good condition for fish and other marine life to prosper.

 

In the Adopt a Estero Program, the DENR measured the pollution level of Conga Creek, which by international standards should be less than 10MPN (most probable number) of impurities for marine life to abound.

 

However, the 300-meter creek (span) was found to be 28 B MPN/100ml reading of coliform and 0 oxygen water analysis—meaning that pollution is way beyond the acceptable limit that it used up all the oxygen. Under such condition, no fish would ever survive because they would have to compete with billions of bacteria.

 

There are 273 identified waterways (estero) in Metro Manila, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

 

Most of these esteros are polluted but as to how polluted they are should be a cause of concern.

 

The DoST recently collaborated with Taguig and other local government agencies to help clean up the Conga Creek to achieve a cleaner, safer and healthier metropolitan environment.

 

DoST-National Capital Region not only wants to clean up the creeks but also to empower the communities through the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program to boost their economic development, health and nutrition, human resource development, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and environmental protection and conservation, said Director Jose Patalinjug III.

 

Conga Creek is among 48 creeks under the Adopt an Estero Program of DENR and other agencies both private and public.

 

DoST-NCR and other partners of DENR will support each other in the following areas: information and education campaigns; community mobilization and other activities to foster harmonious relations; decongest the pilot site of garbage; introduce interventions aligned with the DENR-approved measures such as planting of bamboo and other plant species along the river banks and other activities.

 

The other agencies-partners in the Conga Creek cleanup are: MMDA, Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Health under the Adopt an Estero Program.

 

 

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