As part of its effort to prevent the further despoliation of the historic Parañaque River, the Local Government Unit of Parañaque under the leadership of City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. will launch the 4th stage of its Parañaque River Dredging Project on August 02, 2010 3:00 P.M. along its stretch adjacent to the Parañaque C-5 Road Extension.
Supporting the said LGU in this project are the following NGOs and partner government agency: Save the Parañaque River Foundation, Rotary Club of Palanyag, Gawad Kalinga, Rotary Homes and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). “We are pooling our efforts to clean the once-majestic Parañaque River which has become polluted over the course of time. Restoring it to former state when the town’s chief industries namely salt- making and milkfish-raising depended on it will be one of the best legacies we can leave to our future generations.”, Mayor Bernabe said.
In addition to the equipment provided by the MMDA, the Parañaque City Government will also employ a new dredging machine it had recently acquired. From this point on, it will serve as the mainstay equipment in the dredging operations which will be carried non-stop until the completion of the project.
The sand that will be excavated from the river will serve as backfill for the adjacent low-lying area that has been designated as a socialized housing site for the city’s urban poor. Other project benefits include prevention of flooding as well as diseases caused by garbage, dirty surroundings and vectors like rats and mosquitoes.