Arroceros Forest Park

Is this one of the parks along Pasig River? If it is, bravo! Trees are excellent resource to restore the Pasig River to health because the roots absorb water and prevent silt runoff into the river. (Photo by Romina Caluste)



MET Manila

Romina Caluste took this photo. She pointed out that the orchestra pit is still under water. Since Manila is a flood prone city, the MET could be used as a cistern much in the same idea as the Roman Cistern of Istanbul.

Metro Manila is now below sea level due to use of ground water to sustain city life and rain water cannot seep into the soil because Metro Manila is mostly concrete and asphalt.

Maybe a system of cistern by people and groups could hold September rains temporarily to ease flooding. There are many ways to cut flooding and this is just one of them.



Quezon Bridge

Thank you to Romina Caluste for her photos of the Quezon Bridge taken August 2010. Some water lilies are still floating on the river meaning the more water lilies are on the river the more polluted it is.

I constantly look for new news from the website of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission but the newest is April 2010.

Wall of Heroes


Photo of man taken by Romina Caluste



Marvin has been a river cleaner with Bantay Ilog, for several years now.

He gets paid P2,000 a month, but he spends the entire day under the sun, doing his job.

He said the hardest part is being surrounded by the stinky garbage.

“Iyong una, ang hirap talaga ng amoy. Nakakasuka pero masasanay ka rin,” he said.



MANILA, Philippines – Young student volunteers from various international schools trooped to Estero de Paco in Manila on Tuesday to help clean up the garbage clogging the waterway.

Thirty-one students from international schools in Manila helped clean Estero de Paco.Credit: Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig

Armed with picks and shovels, the students patiently went over the trash polluting the canal so water can flow freely to the Pasig River and to lessen the stink of garbage in the air.

The students, all members of the Youth Council Movement of Habitat for Humanity, aim to do their share in caring for the environment.

Armed with picks and shovels, the students worked on the cleanup for four hours.Credit: Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig

Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) partnered with ABS-CBN Foundation’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP) to help clean up Estero de Paco, a major tributary of the Pasig River.

The 31 student volunteers were accompanied by HFHP Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Ricky Jacinto, and HFHP Council Members Heny Zobel and Isabel Francisco.

They were also assisted by volunteer River Warriors previously trained by KBPIP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police.

“A lot of people live here so we want to help and clean their area,” said Alexandra Eduque, ambassador of the Youth Council Movement of Habitat for Humanity.

The students, who hail from the upper class, worked hard at the job for four hours.

“I’ve never been to this part of the city before, but we’re only here once,” said Eugenia Zobel de Ayala.

Cleaning the Estero de Pasig is just one of the activities of the Youth Council Movement of Habitat for Humanity Philippines. Credit: Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig

The students also want to be an example to other youth.

“If we can do it, so can other young people,” said Francisco.

The cleaning of Estero de Paco is just one of the activities of the group.

Last week, the group went to Baseco in Tondo, Manila to host a feeding program and party for less fortunate children. TV personalities Matteo Guidicelli, Nash Aguas, and Yeng Constantino joined them in reaching out to the kids in Tondo.

With these activities, the group has shown that caring for others and the environment is not just learned within the four walls of the classroom. — Report from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Estuary Water Testing Kit

One way to help President Aquino in cleaning up Pasig River without spending a lot of money is for children age 8 to 98 to learn Water Chemistry to check the health of the river. This testing will let the citizens know if the programs in place are working as promised or not.

Teachers can include this into their science project and curriculum. Who knows, they might end up environmental engineers or biologist.

GREEN Low Cost Estuary Monitoring Kit

The Estuary Kit is specifically designed to provide simple, affordable and non-hazardous methods of testing saline and brackish waters for coliform bacteria, salinity, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, pH, phosphate, temperature, and turbidity. A great introduction to Earth Force’s GREEN program or any other water quality monitoring effort. Supplied with all TesTab® reagents and components to test ten water samples (Three for coliform).