DENR Sec. Cimatu inspects Tullahan River for upcoming dredging

DENR Sec. Cimatu inspects Tullahan River for upcoming dredging

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is now going inland in the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay.

It has identified the Tullahan river as one of the major contributors that pollute the bay.

Just recently the DENR conducted an aerial inspection of the river in preparation for its dredging in line with the Manila Bay rehab.

Aerial view of a part of the Tullahan River (photo credit to CNNPhils)

Tullahan river is a  40-kilometer river, which stretches from Quezon City to Navotas City, is the longest of the 17 rivers bringing polluted water to Manila Bay. It disposes a high level of fecal bacteria to the bay, making the water unhealthy and a possible source of disease. The river's average coliform level is 500 million most probable number (MPN), far from the safe level of 200 MPN.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu was on hand in the inspection of the entire stretch of the river.

Cimatu easily noticed the informal settlers near the river. Aside from the different factories and different commercial establishments , DENR said 15,000 residents directly throw liquid and solid wastes to the water.

"Inspect, examination muna 'yan kung merong mga metal... Kasi naka-store na 'yan mga chemicals. Makikita namin mga nag-empty ng wastewater in the Tullahan River... 'Pag non-compliant, mataas coliform level, mataas pollution ay mabibigyan ng violation yun, either cease and desist order or notice of violation,"  Secretary Cimatu said.

Cimatu also noticed that th river is narrow, a far cry from the ideal width of 15 meters, moreso in the upstream are where they approx. to be only around 10 meters.

Stagnant water, silt and garbage that have settled in the river has been pointed out and will be dredge by government.
"Ang problema d'yan may sakit tao dyan kung hindi malinisan 'yung river at kung bababa na sa dagat tuloy coliform level pupunta sa Manila Bay 'yan," he said.
Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corporation has already pledged to help government in dredging Tullahan river,  other private corporations have also pledged to clean other tributaries.

Sec. Cimatu calls the action plan in Tullahan river as like hitting three birds in one stone.

It will eventually be a big help in the clean up of Manila Bay, may also help prevent floods, and  may also be develop to be an alternative route for travelling between Quezon City and Navotas.

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