DENR: More action needed but state of Pasig River ‘a lot better now’

The state of the Pasig River has improved a lot, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources claimed after a study identified it as the river most polluted by plastic wastes.

Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said the government went out of its way to clean up all the rivers and tributaries that drain into Manila Bay, including the 27-kilometer Pasig River.

Antiporda noted, “Many mitigation efforts have been done. There are a lot of accomplishments. So we cannot accept it saying that Pasig River is Number One all over the world. We still need some more mitigation, we still have people who dump trash into river but it is a lot better now.”

The environment official was reacting to a study published in the journal Science Advances in April, which identified major rivers in the Philippines as among the largest contributors to plastic wastes that reach the ocean.

Pasig River topped the list of over 1,600 polluting rivers across the world.

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