Pasig River is a river that connects Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay. It is 25 kilometers long. The said river has faced many rehabilation efforts and environmental causes in the past years to bring back its old beauty.
And recently, something was discovered in the river which we could consider as a sign that the river is finally being able to get back its lost beauty and abundance.
The members of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) caught an almost two-feet Tilapia in the Pasig River in Estero de San Miguel in Manila last July 11, 2019.
According to the PRRC, the giant Tilapia which is 20.5 inches long, weighs 3 kilos and can almost occupy a large basin that used for laundry.
On PRRC’s Facebook page, they shared photos of the said fish.
“Isang malaking tilapia ang nabingwit ng mga PRRC River Warriors sa Estero de San Miguel, Manila ngayong umaga na tumitimbang ng tatlong kilo at may sukat na 20.5 inches pahaba.” they captioned.
“Tunay ngang nakikita na natin ang positibong pagbabago ng ating mga ilog dahil sa pagtutulungan natin na buhayin at pangalagaan ang mga ito,” PRRC said on its post.
“Ipagpatuloy natin ang mga mabubuting gawain na ito at tiyak na bibiyayaan tayo ng ating kalikasan! Mabuhay ang Ilog Pasig!” they stated in the end.
Currently, different parts of the river across Manila are still covered with garbage from communities that live by the river. Usually, it also gets clogged with water hyacinths, restricting the river flow.
The famous river used to be a significant transport route in Manila but through the years it got neglected and became one of the most polluted rivers in the Philippines.
Due to this, the PRRC was created in January of 1999 “to ensure that the Pasig River System is rehabilitated to its historically pristine condition conducive for the propagation of fishes and other aquatic resources, transport, recreation and tourism.”