3 kg-tilapia caught in Pasig River's Estero de San Miguel

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) caught a fresh Tilapia at Estero de San Miguel, a tributary of the Pasig River this morning.

3 kg-tilapia caught in Pasig River's Estero de San Miguel

Said fish weighed over 3 kilograms with a length of 20.5 inches.

PRRC River Warriors were conducting its regular clean-up operations in Estero de San Miguel when the surface of the waterway ruptured, spewing a huge fish into the air to their surprise.

Estero de San Miguel is a 2.3-kilometer tributary of the Pasig River located in Manila by P. Casal Bridge.

According to PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio E. Goitia, it was a good sign that life has returned to the river and its tributaries.

He also emphasized that it is also due to the PRRC's strategic rehabilitation of the waterways.

“If we continue to work together in cleaning our waterways and surroundings, more aquatic resources will thrive in these bodies of water, and we could eventually have a free source of food,” Goitia said.

To be recalled, back in 2018, the successful rehabilitation of the Pasig River gained international recognition and even won an award for their efforts.

The International River Foundation awarded PRRC the inaugural Asia River Prize Award. PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio Goitia received the recognition during the 21st International Riversymposium held in Sydney, Australia.

The award-giving body stated, “PRRC and its partners’ river restoration and management efforts have effectively brought the Pasig River back to life. These efforts have included delivering quality projects, programs, activities, and advocacies in easement recovery, riverbank development, waste and water quality management, and public awareness.”

Furthermore, the PRRC advised the public to be careful as the fish might still contain traces of toxic chemicals harmful to their health.

The Tilapia was sent to PRRC’s environmental management division for tissue testing.

3 kg-tilapia caught in Pasig River's Estero de San Miguel

“Expect more good news about our esteros in Manila because the good Mayor Domagoso is helping us get rid of the sources of pollution in his locality. You can check the clean Estero de Binondo. We have no more problem with the vendors,” the PRRC chief added.

Topics: Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission , Estero de San Miguel , tilapia , Jose Antonio E. Goitia
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