Pasig River

Taguig, Manila

The Pasig River is a river in the Philippines that connects Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay. Stretching for 25 kilometres, it bisects the Philippine capital of Manila and its surrounding urban area into northern and southern halves. Its major tributaries are the Marikina River and San Juan River.

After World War II, massive population growth, infrastructure construction, and the dispers ...

al of economic activities to Manila's suburbs left the river neglected. The banks of the river attracted informal settlers and the remaining factories dumped their wastes into the river, making it effectively a huge sewer system. Industrialization had already polluted the river.

Efforts to revive the river began in December 1989 with the help of Danish authorities. The Pasig River Rehabilitation Program was established, with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as the main agency with the coordination of the Danish International Development Assistance.  Wiki

Pasig River News

  • PRRC Raises Awareness On The Importance Of Urban Wetlands

    In celebration of the World Wetlands Day, the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) conducted an Urban Wetlands Appreciation and Site Inspection in various tributaries (esteros) in Manila last Wednesday, 7 February 2018.

    Representatives from partner agencies, Philippine Information Agency NCR, Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Manila Water, DENR, and students from Bulacan State University joined the PRRC to boost their awareness and appreciation on the importance of wetlands in an urban setting.

    PRRC spearheaded in 2017 the installation and introduction of floating wetlands systems i ...

  • Pasig River Recognized For Something Good

    You could almost start this discussion with the opening credit line from the Star Wars movie: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. But this has to do with when people were able to draw water directly from the Pasig River for drinking and other household use.

    However, Manila was not the only city that had seen an important source of water deteriorate into a source of disease and disgust. Forty years ago, the Singapore River had been polluted by the squatters, hawkers and manufacturing industries that crowded its banks. The government decided that this was an unacceptable situation and ...

  • Pasig River Named Finalist In Intl River Management Awards

    Pasig River Named Finalist In Intl River Management Awards

    Pasig River is a finalist in this year's Thiess International Riverprize, an international award that gives the highest honors for excellent river management and protection.

    The Philippines, through the Pasig River, has been chosen as one of the finalists for the best river in world, announced George de la Rama, head of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commissions (PRRC) information, advocacy and tourism division.

    Our competitors came from advanced countries. We are the only developing country that has successfully made it to this prestigious competition in Australia, he added.

    The 27-k ...

  • Pasig River Of Life

    Pasig River Of Life

    The origin of its name suggests what the storied river used to be. Anthropologist Dr. E. Arsenio Manuel believed the word Pasig is the combination of two monosyllabic root bases: the pas, which means "fast flow of water" (as in "pas-pas"); and ig, which is the Maguindanaon word for "water." The latter is also part of some common Filipino words that are related to water like tub-ig and ig-ib.

    Therefore, it can be said that Pasig might have been used by our ancestors to refer to the fast flow of water and, eventually, the fast-flowing river itself. Unfortunately, the river failed to keep up w ...

  • The Environment And Our Economy

    I recently watched on social media a video that showed a whale approaching the shore and refusing to go back into the water even if the people tried to push it away. Soon they realized that it was very sick and was dying. Out of pity, they shot the whale and examined it to see what ailed it. They found around 30 plastic bags in its belly, some of them huge ones. These bags were collected and placed on exhibit to increase awareness about ocean protection.

    National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Assistant Secretary for Regional Development Mercedita Sombilla recently emphasized the ...

  • Is There Hope For Pasig River Rehab Microorganisms Can Help

    Is There Hope For Pasig River Rehab Microorganisms Can Help

    But mud balls aren't the first line of defense. We need the river to be cleaned of solid waste,' says an advocate.

    Can we restore the Pasig River to its original state again?

    We can. And this can be done with the help of microorganisms, advocates say.

    Back in the day, the Pasig River used to be a potable source of water. Since it connects Manila Bay to Laguna de Bay, it was once an active traveling route for residents.

    But after massive industrial development, it became heavily polluted.

    The Pasig River has been considered "dead with no more aquatic life" since 1994. "Sewage and ...