25 PARKS TO RISE ALONG PASIG RIVERBANKS
Makati City, Sept. 15, 2001 - In an effort to restore Pasig River's pristine looks, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is building 25 riverside parks, two of them will be built soon as part of the multimillion-peso program to make the riverside one of the major tourist attractions.
MMDA Chairman Benjamin Abalos said the construction of the two riverside parks will definitely be a big first step in improving the Pasig River.
All in all, the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) is planning to build 25 riverside parks which are expected to become tourist attractions once they are completed.
Abalos also announced yesterday the construction of two river parks will begin within this month as part of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Master Plan (PRRMP) which was completed and presented to the Metro Manila Council (MMC).
“What we want to create are buffer zones that will stop the old practice of making the Pasig River a depository of waste. In line with this, all establishments along the river should also make the river their frontage and take steps to green or beautify it,” Abalos said.
The two river parks will be constructed in Barangay West Rembo in Makati and Barangay San Agustin in Manila. A team, composed of the PRRC, MMDA and Palafox Associates and the consultant from the Capacity Building Support-Technical Assistance (CBS-TA) headed by PRRC Executive Director Bingle Gutierrez, has been going around the different local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila to present the PRRMP to the mayors and the members of the city councils.
The PRRC has presented the plan to Mandaluyong City, Pasay City, Pasig City, Marikina City, San Juan and Pateros.
Among the other sites of the riverside that have been lined up for development are the Quinta Market, Muelle del Blanco Nacional, Muelle de la Industria, Muelle del Rio, Sta. Ana Market, Fort Santiago and South Nagtahan, all in Manila; Barangay Pineda in Pasig City, and the Makati Park in Makati City.
Special attention will be given to the Fort Bonifacio riverside park because of its historical value, the PRRC said.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
2001 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS
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