Manila’s longest creek Estero de Tripa de Gallina dredged to subside floods, helps Manila Bay Rehab

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Estero de Tripa de Gallina dredging project completed. Photo from DPWH.

Manila’s longest creek, the Estero de Tripa de Gallina, has been dredged to subside floods and help the Manila Bay Rehabilitation project.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on February 20, 2020, the completion of the dredging project along Estero de Tripa de Gallina, one of Manila Bay’s tributaries, at a cost of Php 46.5-million.

DPWH National Capital Region Director Ador G. Canlas explained that dredging work along the said creek will not only subside flooding in the surrounding area but with the trash and dirty silt being dredged, it will also avoid water contamination in larger bodies of water connected to the creek.

Desilting measure was recently undertaken along the 900-meter section of the creek to ensure the continuous flow of water and prevent the accumulation of silt that lessens its water carrying capacity, said Director Canlas in his report to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar.

Estero de Tripa de Gallina is considered the longest creek in Metro Manila and
“Estero de Tripa de Gallina flows to Manila Bay through Pasig River hence dredging works are necessary to prevent further pollution as we implement our Manila Bay Rehabilitation programs,” added Director Canlas.

DPWH-NCR District Engineering Offices are also conducting dredging activities along Manila Bay tributaries like Estero de Pandacan, Concordia, Abad, Paco, Tanque, Balete, Provisor, and Sta. Clara.

Meanwhile, also in support of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), DPWH Bureau of Equipment undertook desilting operations along the 1.5-kilometer stretch of Manila Bay from the United States embassy to the Manila Yacht Club.

In January 2019, thousand of volunteers participated in the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Clean Up Drive which resulted in a more pleasant coastline along Roxas Boulevard and uncovered the bay’s vibrant sight attracting people and even migratory birds to flock to the rocky partition of the bay.

The DPWH also announced the completion of two pumping stations to address the flooding situation of Barangays Baritan, Concepcion, Muzon, Bayan-bayanan, and parts of Dampalit and Halong-duhat in Malabon City, Metro Manila.

In nearby Cavite, the River Basins Project is anticipated to also subside flooding in Imus, Bacoor, and other low-lying areas.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the people of Manila for this ongoing Manila Bay Rehabilitation which promises to bring back the glory of the world-famous sunset view!

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