60 percent trash in Pasig River comes from domestic waste

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  • Sixty percent of garbage dumped in Pasig River and other bodies of water are domestic waste
  • Squatters living near Pasig River use the waters from the river as their comfort rooms
  • The government is targeting to provide 16,000 housing units by 2019

The population along Pasig River has continued to multiply even up to this day, but the country’s waste disposal management is not really doing a good job.

Once praised for its beauty and also has been “a center for trade and commerce” in the early times, now, Pasig River has become known as the “toilet bowl” of Manila.

According to a story posted by GMA News, sixty percent (60%) of garbage dumped in Pasig River and other bodies of water are domestic waste.

Informal settlers living near Pasig River use the waters from the river as their comfort rooms. This is probably because of too much poverty that they can not even afford to have comfort rooms at their own houses.

Citing a study of the World Health Organization, Jaime Joey Medina (General Manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority LLDA) said, “Mas marami pa raw bahay ang mayroong cellphone kaysa sa mga bahay na may gumaganang toilet.” [There are more homes with cellphones, than houses with functional toilets.”]

The government is targeting to provide 16,000 housing units by 2019.

Executive Director of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission Jose Antonio Goitia explained that this will not be easy because some other houses from the present project of the NHA (National Housing Authority) are still being built.

Authorities are also monitoring two residential towers who were reported to have been also dumping their wastes in the rivers.

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