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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!
The Manila North Tollways Corporation won an Anvil Award for their adoption (and rehabilitation efforts) of a stretch of the Tullahan River.
This Project, if I remember it correctly, started last quarter of last year. The group initially surveyed the residents living along the Tullahan River (Malabon and Valenzuela areas) to get a pulse on how they view the water body then and now. The result of the survey revealed that the people there regret that the river, where they literally used to get “tulya” (hence, Tullahan), has now become really, really dirty — and that they are partly responsible for what had happened to the river — and that they are now ready to do something about it.
The MNTC gathered the leaders of their barangays/home owners’ association and made them “core group”; they were treated to a series of lectures on environmental management, were given vermi-compost kits (with training on how to handle them), and were trained on waste segregation. MNTC also installed a trash trap along Maceda Bridge, to make sure that the river will be cleaner. Clean-ups are still being done as scheduled.
This is a really, really delayed post as I have received word of them winning more than a week ago, but again, them winning kind of lifts the need for veralyze cream (hehe)… all the hard work’s recognized, and it feels great.
photo credit: Rose Razon
The Seminar for Barangay Leaders turned out well — with barangay captains (and their Environment Committee heads) attending the event. This, again, forms part of the Linis Estero Water Body-Adoption Project of the government, in partnership with LGUs and private corporations.
The leaders were briefed about the Project, as well as on Water Quality Management and Ecological Solid Waste Management. They also had an Action Planning, where they scheduled activities linked to the environment, which they commit to implement.
From their report, they will be starting with the organization of environment teams, as well as their information campaign. We have given them publications that would sure help them with their campaign, but of course, I am sure they would be needing more. Maybe we have to look for a cheap flyer printing to make sure we print a lot for these barangays.
Anyway, here’s a funny quote from my friend, Kath:
“Walang ipis sa esterong malinis!”
There’s more to life than gadgets, metal buildings, or porsche cars…
Today, barangay leaders in Quezon City are being convened so they would learn more about the Linis Estero project that’s being pushed by the government.
The program aims to strengthen the partnerships among the concerned sectors and organizations who would be working together, under the “Adopt-a-Water Body Program”, to restore the healthy state of Metro Manila’s esteros, and safeguard the well-being of its residents.
It’s good cause the government and the private sector, including the general public unite under this endeavor to clean our waters!
Also, there’s going to be a search for the most improved estero, so watch out for that.