THE rehabilitation of San Juan River, one of Metro Manila’s main river systems and a major tributary of Pasig River, will soon start with the partnership of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with a big private company for the endeavor.
The DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (AEVI) and the Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (AFI) for the development and implementation of the San Juan River Rehabilitation Plan.
San Juan River, which runs from Quezon City to the cities of San Juan, Mandaluyong and Manila, is considered as one of the most polluted waterways in the metropolis.
Cimatu said the MoA aims to lower the pollution levels in San Juan River, which ultimately drains into the Manila Bay, through dredging and cleanup activities.
Aside from Cimatu, other signatories in the MoA are AEVI president and CEO Erramon Aboitiz and AFI trustee Sabin Aboitiz.
Cimatu said the signing took place a year after the DENR and the Aboitiz Group teamed up for the rehabilitation and development of the one-hectare Wetland 4 in Boracay, transforming it into a linear urban park for a period of three years.