Pasig River beats China’s Yangtze River for inaugural Asia Riverprize

The Pasig River has bagged the inaugural Asia Riverprize award given by the International River Foundation (IRF).

The award was given during the awarding event in Sydney, Australia. Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), headed by executive director Jose Antonio “Pepeton” E. Goitia, made the announcement.

“The Pasig River was declared biologically dead in the 1990s due to persistent pollution caused by population growth and industrial development along its riverbanks. However PRRC and its partners river restoration and management efforts have effectively brought the Pasig River back to life,” IRF said.

“These efforts have included delivering quality projects, programs, activities, and advocacies in easement recovery, riverbank development, waste and water quality management, and public awareness,” it added.

“From 1999 to 2017, PRRC have resettled 18,719 families living along the riverbanks to decent homes, dismantled 376 encroaching private structures, established 37,471.68 linear meters of environmental preservation areas, developed 17 of its 47 identified tributaries, diverted almost 22,000 kilograms of solid waste, and transformed communities into environmentally- responsible citizens. This has resulted in significant water quality improvement, as well as the revitalisation and development of the Pasig River system,” IRF noted.

The other finalist for the said award was Yangtze River in China.