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Water hyacinths are coming to the Pasig River—PRRC

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) released an advisory to the public that with the start of rainy season comes the bloom of water hyacinth plants, which have now started to spread across the Pasig River all way from Laguna Lake.

Water hyacinths are coming to the Pasig River—PRRC

The coming of water hyacinths to the Pasig River is an indication that the water level in Laguna Lake is getting higher than Manila Bay’s mean sea level (MSL).

“We would like to educate the public that water hyacinths are a blessing from God. We use them in removing heavy metals from the Pasig River and its tributaries,” said PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio “Pepeton” E. Goitia.

“Also, we use them as raw materials in our handloom weaving livelihood program. We help poor families in BASECO convert water hyacinths into table runners, fans, slippers and bracelets,” he added.

The PRRC reactivated its Task Force Water Hyacinth group to ensure that the quick proliferation of water hyacinth will not cause inconvenience to the riding public of Pasig River Ferry Service.

For the past two months that the lake level in Laguna fell below the MSL, PRRC hurdled controlling not the intrusion of the seawater, but the backflow of more than 300,000 kilos of garbage from Manila Bay

Topics: Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission , Laguna Lake , Pasig River , Jose Antonio “Pepeton” E. Goitia
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