March 18, 2016
MMDA ‘Estero Blitz’ Collects Nearly 3,000 Cu. M. of Garbage, Silt
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has collected almost 3,000 cubic meters from the different creeks and waterways in the metropolis as part of the yearly clean-up drive of the agency, Estero Blitz 6, in preparation for the onset of the rainy season.
In a summary report as of March 17 to MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos, Director Baltazar Melgar, head of the agency’s Flood and Sewerage Management Office (FSMO), said that a total of 2,989 cu. m. or 288 truckloads of refuse and silt have been scooped out of five major esteros and sewers in Manila.
Armed with heavy equipment, such as crane, dump trucks and spider backhoe, FSMO personnel have started cleaning up creeks mostly in severely silted and clogged up waterways since March 1.
Those already de-clogged by the FSMO teams are North and South Antipolo Open Canal, Estero de Kabulusan, Estero de Magdalena, Estero de San Miguel, and Estero de Quiapo.
Some of the MMDA personnel even had to use small boats or bancas to fish out the floating debris and refuse from the waterways.
Carlos said MMDA’s annual clean up activity aims to minimize the massive flooding being experienced by Metro Manilans due to the clogged up waterways attributed mainly to tons of garbage and heavily silted creeks.
“With this regular clean up, we expect that floods in low lying areas of Metro Manila would quickly subside after heavy rainfall,” the MMDA Chief said, noting that agency personnel, along with barangay officials, should keep these waterways clear of any debris.