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Pasig River Master Plan COMPLETED.


The PRRC, in collaboration with UP PLANADES, designed the Pasig River Integrated and Strategic Master Plan (PRISM) with a vision that by 2032, the Pasig River and its surrounding basins are resilient life-sustaining ecosystems that are able to support diverse human needs and biodiversity towards inclusive, harmonized, and balanced development co-managed by competent and adaptive institutions with responsible and empowered communities.

This new restoration strategy covers water quality management, stream flow management, catchment management and riparian management so that the Pasig River will again enshrine socioeconomic, aesthetic, environmental, recreational and cultural values amid changing risks and natural perturbations.

The illustration below provides a brief summary of the integrated wastewater treatment systems, one of the 19 priority projects proposed in the PRISM to help improve the water quality of the Pasig River, and for concerned agencies to comply with concession agreement, and other environmental laws.

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Philippines’ Pasig River Vies For Asia River Prize Award; Competes With China’s Yangtze River.


The Philippines’ Pasig River, the cradle of early Manila civilization, has been selected as a finalist in the first ever Asia Riverprize by the prestigious International RiverFoundation (IRF), which recognizes and rewards organizations who are making a difference through effective river basin restoration and management programs.

It is a back-to-back nomination for the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), who just came from a successful campaign in the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize competition where the Pasig River was hailed as runner-up to the winner, San Antonio River of Texas, USA.

PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio E. Goitia says that “the consecutive entries of the Pasig River as a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Thiess International and Asia Riverprize, respectively, is a testament that the world recognizes the efforts of the Philippine government to restore the Pasig River and its environs since PRRC was established in 1999.”

Initially, the competition was called the Asia-Pacific Riverprize Awards which was opened to entrants from New Zealand, Australia, and 45 other countries. However, according to the IRF, due the to the high number and quality of entries received, they have made the decision to split the promoted Asia-Pacific Riverprize into two: Asia Riverprize and another category for the Australasia Riverprize.

After a series of tedious deliberations, the IRF has announced and congratulates the organizations chosen as Asia Riverprize finalists with the highest honors in river restoration and protection namely: the Pasig River (Philippines) and the Yangtze River (China).

Goitia adds “last year, the Philippines is the only third world and developing country that made it into the international finals and bravely competed with the US and the United Kingdom. In this year’s Asia Riverprize, we will be facing another super power – the red dragon, China. However, with an indomitable spirit, we remain steadfast and optimistic that we will stand triumphant in the end.”

In behalf of the IRF’s board of river basin experts, IRF Director Professor Bill Dennison says that “these different river stories are united by a common theme: excellence in river management.”

The Riverprize is not a competition of which river is more beautiful or cleaner. This is the reason why the IRF, comprised of river management experts and professionals from around the world, has given importance and consideration to the rehabilitation efforts of the PRRC to bring back the Pasig River system to life. It has acknowledged PRRC’s commitment in delivering quality projects, programs, and activities in easement recovery, housing and resettlement, riverbanks development, waste and water quality management, and public awareness.

Compared to the 1990s when it was declared “biologically dead,” the Pasig River’s condition now has significantly improved. Although the Pasig River development is a work in progress, many areas along the historic river have already shown signs of aquatic life and it has already become conducive for transport, recreation, and tourism.

PRRC’s Executive Director Jose Antonio E. Goitia, together with Public Information, Advocacy and Tourism Division Head George Oliver G. De La Rama, will be presenting and defending the Philippines’ Pasig River entry to a panel of esteemed judges in the upcoming 21st International Riversymposium on October 14 to 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Members of PRRC’s Management Committee will also form part of the Philippine delegation.

The winner of the 2018 Asia Riverprize will receive widespread global recognition which can build new partnerships, provide opportunities for exchange of knowledge and best practices, and open doors for international support. Furthermore, the winner will automatically qualify for Stage Two of the Thiess International Riverprize in 2019.

As one nation, the PRRC seeks everyone’s support to its Pasig River entry in the 2018 Asia Riverprize. The Pasig River’s victory is the victory of the Philippines and every Filipino who works hard and shares the same vision of saving our waterways and the environment. It will be the triumph of all who believe that the dream of a clean and alive Pasig River is within reach!

First Blogger Event: Kikaysikat’s Anniversary Party


I would have to thank my dear classmate, Reylen Castro, who is new blogger (MadeItThroughMum), for tagging me along to the anniversary party of KikaySiKat‘s blogsite.  I am going to tell you that I enjoyed every bit of it.  Came a bit late though at Tokyo Bubble Tea in Eastwood City, Libis, where it was held last July 18.  The party was simple yet meaningful, especially to Kaycee who celebrated the 5th year of her blog site.  Some kind of passion, huh?  I can’t barely keep up writing regularly here, hehehe.

We started the afternoon with delicious food and drink from Tokyo Bubble Tea while answering a slumbook type of registration form.  Creative, right?!  And then a game was held, where we exchanged forms with other guests and ought to get a good grasp of the info written about the person we exchanged forms with.  It was a fun get-to-know-each-other game as I met other bloggers, youngsters if I may say, who share the same passion in blogging as Ms. Kaycee.  Then she, Ms. Kaycee, recognized and expressed deep gratitude to her first ever and loyal follower who came all the way from Cabanatuan City.  Sorry I didn’t get his name.  Inspiration knows no distance.

The afternoon was all about thanking and being grateful for the people who appreciate ones work, be it written, spoken, made or performed.  I know so little about Ms. Kaycee, but during that party I saw and felt in her genuine love for work and having fun in what you do could go miles away reaching people from all walks of life and inspiring them to do well in life as well.

It was a short party but it was truly worthwhile for me.  Here are some snapshots of the party:

Me and my dear friend Len (www.madeitthroughmum.blogspot.com)

Me and my dear friend Len (www.madeitthroughmum.blogspot.com)

Fab products for answering correctly during the game.

Fab products for answering correctly during the game.

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Ms. Kaycee (off-shoulder top) and one of the guests.

Dear Digital Camera


 I hope my beloved digital camera Canon IXUS 80 IS didn’t get lost.  Sadness shall envelope me once this unfortunate event is confirmed.  The husband took it to show his twin brother his HongKong trip photos.  But for some reason he said he wasn’t able to show them to him and has now completely forgotten where the camera is.  The only thing he can remember now is that he was the last one who took it from our room.

I bought my camera sometime 2008 when I was in Baguio for one of our company’s events. I knew that being there would be a memorable one so since I didn’t have a camera of my own, I sort of forced myself to swipe my credit card for this wonderful purchase.  It was a great buy for since then this camera has been taking pictures of my travels and adventures, as well as memorable events and happenings in my life.  This camera of mine has taken pictures of important people and things that amaze and inspire me.  It has somehow become my “IT” gadget more than my cellphone and laptop.  One of my decisions to get back into blog writing is this camera also.  Where else to store and document priceless memories than blogsites, right?

But unfortunate happens to even the most giving people.  So, I hope the husband can still remember and find it soon.