The Pasig River: Reviving a Dead Water in the Philippines


It could be any horribly polluted river in any overburdened, overpopulated Asian city. The Pasig River, which runs 25 kilometers through Manila is like so many rivers – choked by the
very people who need it most. Squatting near the river without the most
basic facilities like sewage treatment or running water has long been the only
option for many of the urban underclass. The Pasig was declared officially dead
over 10 years ago incapable of sustaining any form of life, all oxygen exhausted by pollution dangerous to human contact. Cleaning up the Pasig River has been a slow process. Urban renewal is not only about cleaning embankments and dredging water, and installing sanitation systems it’s about policy and institutional
reform, technical and environmental knowledge, and political will, and partnering with
the private sector and NGOs for sustainable results. “Sustainability is very important. You
don’t want to go back to…” “…to form if you like three years after
the event.” “You really want to make sure that
everybody who has a stake in that river…” “…in fact cleans it up in a permanent way.” Pasig’s Estero de Paco looked like this
less than a year ago. Treated like a community garbage dump – it was a breeding ground for dengue fever. Clogged and putrid. And dead. In less than a year, Estero is looking better. Embankments, running water, and septic
systems have been installed. Water filtration and interceptors are being built to ensure even better water quality. Every day, the state-funded “River Warriors” work for three kilometers of the estuary area cleaning and patrolling the waterway. Cleaning a river that has been certified dead is an extraordinary undertaking. Even the most efficient approach can take
over ten years and billions of dollars. A river is part of a city’s lifeblood, part of its economy, and essential to its future. The water from rivers must serve the people and the people must treasure their water.

100 thoughts on “The Pasig River: Reviving a Dead Water in the Philippines

  1. Atleast the Filiinos doesn't have idiotic claims like the Indians with their Holy Ganga and Yamuna Rivers that it will just magically cleans up by itself. (Good Lord!) I pity the Indian Environmentalists with their desperate plights to clean up their rivers.

  2. I'm half Filipino and been living in Manila for almost all my life and let me tell you this: the government built houses for the "squatters" in the province however, these people DO NOT WANT to leave their homes. They would rather settle in that place than live in a house with a toilet and clean running water. And then they blame everything on the government smh.

    Istg, most of these people never learn!

  3. Excuse me watch the video today and that dirty water body is now a tourist attraction, not even comparable now to any part of your india. Dirty people, dirty place, dirty water, dirty things, dirty place, dirty city and dirty country. THAT RIVER IS NOW ONE OF THE CLEANEST IN THE WORLD. Because of president duterte administration.🙄😑😐

  4. Yung mga informal settler kasi hnd na nga nakakatulong w
    Perwisyo pa.. Dapat sa kanila paalisin. Ni hindi nga naglilinis numero uno pa sa pagkakalat ng basura.

  5. start with educating the children only throw rubbish in the rubbish bin. then make a countrywide campaign stop polluting..make it big. the gov initiatives must be firmed and constant in campaigning on tv, radio, celeb..(at the same time u need a waste disposal plan already and budget of course) this may take years. best of luck

  6. Ok. First, Please look at the date it was taken. Second, you can do some research for latest informations about the rivers. Then finally, please state your opinions.

  7. How much you want to bet that most of the funding for this project went into the pockets of the corrupt government officials that are supposed to be supporting it.

  8. Sana biryanis sila ng boots at gloves iyong mga nagpupulot ng basura. They eilll get disease or Kung ano dyan sa polluted na tubig. Kawawa

  9. Tikom nyo na lang mga bunganga nyo. Kayo din may kasalanan kung bakit dumumi ang tubig jan. Tapon dito tapon doon kayong mga nakatira jan. Mga wala kayong disiplina. Tama lang na bahain kayo jan tuwing tagulan. Ng malaman nyo ang tigas ng ulo nyo.

  10. What a very bad made video! too quick change of images and too moving..I was like dizzy after watch it! I could have done better!

  11. Pag matapod na ang mga railways papunta sa labas at loob ng Metro Manila, wala na kayong dahilan na mag squat pa diyan. Dapat lunurin na kayong tuluyan diyan pag nagmatigas pa kayong mga salaula kayo.

  12. Naranasan ko rin ang tumira sa iskwater, di man talaga laking iskwater kami sa probinsiya.  Pero buhay iskwater sa Maynila ang nakasanayan ng mga kamag-anak ng nanay ko kung saan ako nakituloy nang dalawang taon noong nag-aaral ako sa kolehiyo.  Nakikita ko ang katayuan nila at ang pagsisikap ng iba na makaraos sa buhay.  Karamihan lang kulang sa ambisyon para sa kinabukasan nila.  Tama na sa kanila ang kumita para may pang laman sa sikmura.  Yun na rin ang nagging gabay ko para magsumikap at maiwasan ko at ng magiging pamilya ko ang buhay dagang pamumuhay na yun.  Nasa tao ang pagsisikap at nandiyan lang ang Panginoon palagi para umalalay.

  13. Habang nandiyan ang mga walang disiplinang illegal settlers sa kahabaan ng Pasig River, ano mang effort ng gov't at private sector na linisin at buhayin ang ilog na iyan, ay masasayang lang at pabalikbalik lang ang napakadumi at napakbahong niyang kalagayan.

  14. if you want that river to be clean you have to evacuate thous ppl living along the river banks really an eyesore☹️👍

  15. Dapat alisin yung mga informal settlers dyan hanggat nandyaan yan. Walang mangyayare yung mga ginawang pag lilinis dyan. Lalo na yung mga kabataan at mga Magulang nila alam na ngang marumi pa pinapaliguan na. Napaka dugyot naman kaya sila dudumi,  at mag tatapon lang ulit  nang mga basura dyan. kumbaga pabalik balik lang ulit yung dumi dyan. tas dapat yung mga tao dyan tumulong sila sa pag lilinis hindi yung nag papakasaya lang sila kase dumi nila din yan e, tae at basura nila yung karamihang nandyan. Tulungan na lang din sila para bigyan ng makakaen. Atsaka kawawa lang yung mga taong naglilinis at boluntaryong nag lilinis dyan kase dudumi lang ulit yung mga taga dyan.

  16. Mga nasa tabi ng ilog sana palayasin na mga yan .tpos mag rereklamo my baha mga baboy ang puta mga squater na yan

  17. YOU WAIT INDIAN PEOPLE,IF THERE IS A FILIPINO FROM DAVAO BECAME A CITIZEN OF INDIA,AND BECAME HEAD OF STATE YOUR DREAM COMES TRUE.WE LOVE INDIA FROM PHILIPPINES. WE HATE CHINA EXPANSIONIST.

  18. Ang mga government officials ng Pinas…mahiya naman kayo…kung anong dumi makikita sa labas ng kapaligiran,,,ganyan din kadumi ang inyong mga kalo -uban ..puno ng inggit at pagnanakaw ang ina atupag at napabaya-an na ang mga mahihirap na matulungan at mabigyan ng magandang kabuhayan sa malinis na kapaligiran…..Kailan pa kaya lilinis ang Pilipinas?
    CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS..!!!

  19. Current president is working on this and clean this !
    But so many toxic people dislike him. .
    Why? I dont know

  20. Thank god!! Transformation of Dead pasig River is Amazing and Awesome!!👍😍👍 Watching from Sydney Australia 🇦🇺🇵🇭 2019 !!

  21. As a filipino, the people in the Philippines needs to stop having babies if they have an overpopulation crisis.

  22. buhusan ng 200 liters na gasolina at silaban kasama mga salaulang nakatira dyan..hindi na matututo yan,ang alam gawa ng gawa ng mga bata tapos isisi sa gobyerno–

  23. THAT IS THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FAULT, FIRST OF WHO GAVE THEM THE PERMISSION TO BUILT THEIR SHELTER , AND HOW COME THEY HAVE BEEN LIVING THERE FOR SO MANY YEARS AND NO ONE TOLD THEM. IT IS A CORRUPT LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

  24. Sooo sad…. I feel bad for these people but the elected officials has the responsibility to make sure that they maintain cleanliness, law and order, and Not allowing it to happen in the first place. Fair enough for trying to make a living, but to squat along the riverbank or street is not acceptable and safe.
    Also , why have many children?
    Kawawa naman na exposed sila sa pollution and poor living conditions.
    They need to remove or demolish shanties otherwise the effort to clean up rivers is worthless and waste of taxpayers money, time and sweats. Good luck and govt agencies unity is of high importance in order to make progress and change. Peace ☮️

  25. isa lang talaga solusyon jan family planning…una n dapat pag ukulan ng gobyerno ang mahihirap…madaming work kaso over populated po tayo, baliwala rin…

  26. the bad effect of pollution or dirty in the surface of the land are the death of lava inside the land ,if the lava are die, the land will collapse into the ocean

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