Metro Pacific group of companies to clean esteros leading to Manila bay

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) — More companies are getting into cleaning Manila Bay.

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to be a part of the Adopt-an-Estero Program that would assist in the rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

The five-year partnership would commit MPIC and its companies — Maynilad, Meralco, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc., and Light Rail Manila Corporation — to clean up and restore esteros assigned to them.

"“Upon acknowledging the objective of the DENR to promote stewardship among the private sector, MPIC through Maynilad is set on assisting government agencies in improving water quality parameters of the country’s water bodies," MPIC President Jose Maria Lim said in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange.

MPIC and its group of companies are in charge of the following esteros:

Estero de Vitas

Estero de San Lazaro

Estero de Kabulusan

Estero de Magdalena

Estero de Binondo

Estero dela Reina

Estero de Sampaloc

Estero de San Sebastian

Estero de San Miguel

Estero de Valencia

Estero de Quiapo

Estero de Uli-Uli

Estero de Paco

Estero de Pandacan

Estero de Tanque

Estero de Balete

Estero de Provisor

Estero de Concordia

Estero de Sunog Apog

Estero de San Antonio Abad

MPIC would work closely with DENR, local government units and other concerned government and private agencies to clean up these water ways that lead to Manila bay.

Other companies have also committed to cleaning up rivers and esteros leading to the bay, including San Miguel Corporation, which adopted Tullahan river, and SM Prime Holdings, which adopted Paranaque river.

READ: DENR, San Miguel Corp. ink partnership to rehabilitate Tullahan River