The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has collected more than 1,400 truckloads of silt and garbage from several creeks and esteros in the metropolis during the three-month cleanup operations.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said he has ordered the intensification of the cleanup activity especially with the threat of La Nina or excessive rainfall.
Assuming office last August, Orbos said that under the Estero Blitz program, hundreds of MMDA Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office (FCSMO) personnel collected a total of 1,453 truckloads or 11,742 cubic meters of garbage and silt from various creeks and waterways in Metro Manila.
Among the declogged waterways include Maytunas Creek in Mandaluyong City, Estero de Magdalena and Roxas Canal in Manila, Tanigue Creek and Pasong Malapad Creek in Caloocan City, and Dario Creek in Quezon City.
FCSMO personnel conducted the cleanup operations from 13 July 2016 up to 09 Sept 2016 on the said waterways.
MMDA workers used heavy equipment such as backhoe, hooklift truck, crane, spider backhoe, and several dump trucks during the cleanup activity.
Between March and May this year, MMDA personnel likewise cleaned the Estero de Kabulusan, Estero de Magdalena, Estero de San Miguel, Estero de Quiapo, North and South Antipolo Canal, Cut-Cut Creek, Pasong Diablo River, Kantarilla Creek, Coastal Open Canal, Pinagsama Creek, and Pateros River.
Aside from the cleanup of canal and sewerage system, MMDA Estero Blitz program also includes the cleanup and sprucing up of the barangays and public markets in the area.
The cleanup operations since then have been a year-round activity of the MMDA.
Source: Philippine Information Agency