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NAMRIA leads cleanup drive for rivers and esteros along Pateros and Taguig
Public Affairs | Jeff Aguillon | 24 April 2019 | Print
NAMRIA Administrator, Usec. Peter N. Tiangco led the agency’s top officials and employees in a cleanup drive for the rivers and “esteros” or inlets in Pateros and Taguig last 31 March 2019.  Dubbed the “Battle for Rivers and Esteros,” the event was spearheaded by the DENR and was held simultaneously along eight waterways identified by the department as draining into Manila Bay.  The conduct of the cleanup was in accordance with the DENR’s pledge to rehabilitate Manila Bay so it would be fit for swimming and other forms of recreation. NAMRIA was tasked to lead the cleanup in Barangay Hagonoy in Taguig and in both Barangay Martires and Barangay Aguho in Pateros.  The NAMRIA contingent was joined by volunteers from Makati Development Corporation, Manila Water, Philippine Navy, Philippine Army, Bureau of Fire Protection, and local residents.  Overall, the simultaneous cleanup covered 28 barangays in Taguig while the 10 barangays in Pateros concentrated their efforts in Barangay Martires and Barangay Aguho.
NAMRIA employees, together with Administrator Tiangco (far right), clean up Hagonoy Creek.
Administrator Tiangco surveys the cleanup area.
NAMRIA employees and Administrator Tiangco take a break from the cleanup.
Two separate programs were held following the respective cleanup activities: one at the Hagonoy Pump Station in Barangay Hagonoy, Taguig and the other at the Pateros Municipal Hall in Pateros.  A pledge of commitment for saving the waterways was also signed by the cleanup participants.
Administrator Tiangco signs the pledge of commitment.
Administrator Tiangco, Deputy Administrator Carandang (second from the Administrator’s left),
and other NAMRIA employees pose for a souvenir picture after the cleanup activity with
Mr. Eugene T. Bilaw, Officer in Charge, Taguig Solid Waste Management Office (in green shirt)
and Mr. Ferdinand M. Dela Cruz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Manila Water (in blue shirt).
NAMRIA employees are joined by volunteers from the Bureau of Fire Protection
in the cleanup of Aguho Creek, Pateros. 
Deputy Administrator Cabanayan signs the pledge of commitment at the Pateros Municipal Hall.
A total of 29 tributaries, 17 in Taguig and 12 in Pateros, were identified during the initial meeting held on 20 March 2019 of Deputy Administrator (DA) Jose C. Cabanayan, Jr. and DA Efren P. Carandang with representatives of local government units.  An ocular inspection of the identified tributaries was conducted on 22 March 2019 by Administrator Tiangco together with Ms. Mylene Consolacion and Mr. Celedonio Castueras, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers of Pateros.  The ocular inspection was carried out to determine which among the 29 tributaries were to be prioritized for the cleanup drive.
(from left to right) Pateros Vice Mayor Gerald S. German, Pateros Mayor Miguel F. Ponce,
Deputy Administrator Cabanayan, and Godofredo L. Señires III, PhD of the DENR Central Office. 
NAMRIA employees pose for a souvenir picture together with volunteers from the
Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine Army outside the Pateros Municipal Hall.

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