MAYTUNAS CREEK CLEAN-UP DRIVE
San Juan city mayor Guia Gomez last November 5 led a clean-up drive at the Maytunas creek from barangay Addition Hills to barangay Maytunas.
Held in cooperation with the city council and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) piles of garbage ranging from computer ink cartridges to beds were collected, somehow declogging the creek of hardened soil and other objects that have been carried by the water current from the river’s upstream portion from Mandaluyong City.
CENRO chief and former city councilor Dante Santiago said the city government likewise hopes to demolish some encroachments along the creek and later on properly relocate informal settlers in the area.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) assisted in the clean-up bringing along its equipment and its personnel for the massive clean-up campaign.
MMDA’s Enrico Capistrano of the Flood Control division and Raymund Virgino, OIC-Chief of the Special Concerns Office of the DENR along with the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) River Patrol also contributed heavily to the success of the project.in this activity.
Meanwhile, Santiago said CENRO mobilized 50 of its personnel along with other NGOs and barangay officials and workers of Bgys. Maytunas and Addition Hills
The MMDA and CENRO workforce continually conducted clean-up operations in the succeeding days, collecting hundreds of sacks of garbage and dismantling bamboo trees that have already fallen and blocked the water flow in the creek.
Meanwhile, the LBC courier company of the Araneta family conducted a similar clean-up operation in the creek in celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary.
LBC president Monica Araneta led a 150-man workforce that combed thru the creek collected hundreds of sacks of garbage.