La Mesa Watershed

Quezon City, Manila

The La Mesa Watershed and Eco-Park consists of the La Mesa Dam and an ecological nature reserve site in Quezon City commissioned in 1929 in the Philippines. It is part of the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa water system, which supplies most of the water supply of Metro Manila.

The La Mesa Dam is an earth dam whose reservoir can hold up to 50.5 million cubic meters and occupying an area of 27 squ ...

are kilometers.

The water collected in the reservoir is treated on-site by the Maynilad Water Services, and at the Balara Treatment Plant further south by the Manila Water. Both water companies are private concessionaires awarded by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, the government agency in charge of water supply.

It is a vital link to the water requirements of 12 million residents of Metro Manila considering that 1.5 million liters of water pass through this reservoir everyday. It is also the last forest of its size in the metropolis.

La Mesa Watershed and Eco Park News

  • Manila Hopes Greening Its Shorelines Will Yield Cleaner Water And Less Flooding

    After dawn on a hot morning, Filipino fishermen fling fishing nets in the dark, waist-deep polluted waters of Laguna de Bay, the big freshwater lake that forms the eastern border of Metro Manila. Not far away, farmers cultivate rice in small paddies along the lake’s southern shore in Calamba, a lakeside city of 450,000 residents.

    As one of the three largest freshwater lakes in southeast Asia, Laguna de Bay is counted on to serve these and other life-sustaining purposes — waterborne transportation, a source of drinking water, recreation, flood control. But like every other major surface- ...

  • Philippine Pitta In La Mesa Eco Park Quezon City Philippines

    Philippine Pitta in La Mesa Eco Park, Quezon City, Philippines. Video taken on May 13, 2017 by Mads Bajarias

  • Raising Environment Awareness And Concern

    Earth day celebration started in the 1970s in the United States through the initiative of US Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. The celebration aimed to raise the Americans' awareness on issues involving the environment. Its organizers envisioned a sustained education and information campaign through activities and events that promote environmental programs and activities.

    Soon, the celebration spread all over the world. To manage the expanding coverage of Earth Day, the organizers formed the Earth Day Network International (EDNI) based in Seattle, Washington.

    The celebration of Earth ...

  • Gina Lopez Leads Earth Day Celebration At La Mesa Eco Park

    Environment Secretary Gina Lopez called on Filipinos to do their part in taking care of the environment as she led the Earth Day celebration at the La Mesa Eco Park, Quezon City on Saturday.

    The celebration began with an interfaith prayer, which gathered representatives from different religious sectors and drew students from various schools.

    In her speech, Lopez emphasized the need for love of the environment and urged Filipinos to do their share in protecting nature.

    Lopez also participated in a ritual for the "healing" of the environment.

  • La Mesa Eco Park A Refreshing Sight Within The Busy City

    My eyes were craving for green vibrancy and my skin longed for a touch of fresh air. Last night, my friends cancelled on our plan (Mt. Balagbag Hike) and it broke my heart so much I tried to search for convenient escapades — especially for people who would be roaming alone.

    Luckily, I remembered I was curious about the La Mesa Eco Park. I know La Mesa Dam from my childhood but I didn't know where it was back then. That was when I decided to visit the place. The ticket costs 50 pesos per person, but if you are a resident of Quezon City, you only have to pay 40 pesos. If you are a QC studen ...

  • Endemic Bird Species In La Mesa Ecopark

    Known as Ashy Thrush Zoothera cinerea, the bird was discovered by a group of birdwatchers from the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines around the vicinity of the La Mesa Ecopark (LME), a 33-hectare public park within La Mesa Watershed in Quezon City.

    The group accidentally spotted Ashy Thrush late last year while looking for Red-bellied Pitta Pitta erythrogaster that had been reported to be in the park. Ashy Thrush is a small, elusive, ground dwelling thrush whose natural habitats are on subtropical or tropical moist lowland and mountain forests. This bird is very uncommon that Wild Bird Club ...