Provincial Government of Bulacan

Alvarado showcases the improved MMORS in his SOPA

CITY OF MALOLOS – Slowly but surely, the bad image of Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando River System’s (MMORS) inclusion in the list of one of the dirtiest rivers in the world will be expunged.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado reported this as one of his accomplishments in the field of nature and environment in his State of the Province Address (SOPA) held at the Bulwagang Senador Benigno S. Aquino Jr. inside the Capitol Building in this city coinciding the opening of the 9th Sangguniang Panlalawigan yesterday.

He said the Provincial Government of Bulacan through the Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office (BENRO) in cooperation with the local governments, residents, volunteer group and non-government organizations has intensified its campaign to rehabilitate the said river system.

“Taong 2007, ang Marilao River System ay nakasama sa listahan ng Blacksmith Institute, isang international non-profit think tank, bilang isa sa 30 pinakamaruming mga ilog sa mundo. Ang MMORS ay binubuo ng pitong bayan at lungsod kabilang ang Meycauayan, Marilao, Obando, Santa Maria at San Jose del Monte sa Bulacan, at Valenzuela at Caloocan sa Maynila at dito ay nagsagawa tayo ng tuluy-tuloy na cleanup activities at dredging upang muli nating masilayan ang dating malinis at mabangong mga kailugan”, Alvarado said.

The governor also said that it is not easy to rehabilitate the river system because of its severe state but he believes that through the joint efforts and concern of all the stakeholders involved, it’s not impossible to revive and preserve the rivers once again.

Aside from this, BENRO continues to conduct anti-illegal logging operations with the help of various national agencies and NGOs to preserve and protect the mountainous areas and forests in Bulacan.