Barangay Pinagkaisahan and Barangay Kamuning in Quezon City have had their fair share of floods caused by the Lagarian Creek overflows. The creek runs through 16 barangays in Quezon City and is one of the tributaries of the San Juan River, which is connected to the Pasig River and empties into Manila Bay.

When the Lagarian Creek overflows, residents are exposed to toxic raw sewage. Cleaning up esteros and creeks through the Adopt-an-Estero program has a ripple effect that benefits not only our immediate environment but also serves to unite the community.   Among the activities in the Adopt an Estero program are:  (1) monitoring of water quality of each adopted creeks, (2) investigation on the causes of stagnant water and implementation of technical solutions (3) information and education campaign and river clean-up programs (4) treatment of raw sewage from portable toilets and (5) desludging activities.  Such tasks, which appear difficult to continue during this pandemic, have been transformed into an uplifting and unifying force for residents and River Warriors through the production of Mabuhay Balls, a temporary engineering solution that also serves as a source of income for residents.

On 22 July 2021, during Manila Water’s third leg of the Adopt-an-Estero program, the MWSS-CO represented by DA Ronald Abrigo, participated in the “EM mudballs” tossing ceremony into the Lagarian creek. The EM balls will inhibit pathogenic bacteria growth, thereby stabilizing the acidity and reducing odor in the water, resulting in a significantly cleaner environment.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte (center) together with (left to right) MWC Corporate Operations Group Director Arnold Jether A. Mortera, MWSS-CO Deputy Administrator Ronald Abrigo, Brgy. Kamuning Chair Armie Castel, Bgy Pinagkaisahan Chair Graziella Saab, MWSS-RO Regulator Patrick Lester Ty and Manila Water COO Abelardo Basilio.