AMKOR, a leading semiconductor company not only in the Philippines but the rest of the world, has officially entered into a partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Muntinlupa government for the adoption of the Palico Creek.
The company has long been doing clean-ups of the said creek (as well as conducting IEC programs) through their Community Right-to-Know Program so this MOA is just a formalization of what they have been doing all along (which is nice and sincere).
Signing the Memorandum of Agreement for the Palico Creek adoption were AMKOR President Mr. Jaesung Kwak, DENR Assistant Secretary Jeremias Dolino (for Line Bureaus) representing Secretary Ramon Paje, and City Councilor Atty. Raul Corro in behalf of Mayor Aldrin L. San Pedro.
I’m sincerely hoping that the residents would really, really be part of this program cause the clean up and rehabilitation of the Palico Creek is primarily for their own safety (especially since they have been affected by Ondoy). It’s true what Councilor Corro said during the MOA Signing, “walang batas, walang ordinansa, sa taong walang disiplina” (trans. “there are no laws and ordinances for people who have no discipline”). The Palico Creek underwent a major clean-up last Friday as part of the ceremony (and lots of garbage got taken off the creek — especially near the outpost!) and I hope the residents there would really consider not throwing garbage on the waterway.
I will post more pics of the event (just don’t have the photos I took on this laptop I’m using now), but for the mean time, here’s one my colleague took of the clean-up (and I’m in the photo taking a photo! hehe!)
I wish more companies, especially those with lots of franchises would join AMKOR — and San Miguel Foundation, Manila North Tollways Corporation, and Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association — and also adopt esteros/waterways. Let’s help clean the earth!