Globe, DENR, MMO WQMA, Blacksmith Institute Green Line project: Reviving the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando River System (MMORS) through bamboos and mangroves


Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom, in partnership with Blacksmith Institute, DENR Region 3, DENR Bulacan, and MMO Water Quality Management Board, has organized separate bamboo and mangrove planting activities in Bulacan in an attempt to help revive the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando River System (MMORS), one of the world’s 30 most polluted places. 



About 200 volunteers from public and private sectors participated in planting 10,500 bamboo and mangrove seedlings in San Jose Del Monte and Obando. The twin events which are part of the team’s Green Line project, showcased how people from the industry, the government, and the community could work together to salvage such an important river system in the province. 

Green Line is a dedicated 24-hour call and text facility where residents and other concerned parties can report violations of environmental laws and policies. The first one was unveiled in Bulacan late last year to protect the MMORS. 

The bamboo and mangrove seedlings were planted along the tributaries of SJDM and the coastal area of Obando to help in the streambank stabilization and rehabilitation of mangrove areas of the river system.  This is part of the commitment of the stakeholders to help clean-up and revitalize the MMORS. 

Rep. Linabelle Villarica (District IV, Bulacan) reiterated her commitment to the efforts to revive the MMORS particularly thru policies and support to action projects. Obando Mayor Orencio Gabriel and SJDM Mayor Reynaldo San Pedro joined the volunteers in the tree planting activity.  Globe volunteers, on the other hand, were led by Mel Besa, Safety, Health, Environment Manager of Globe Telecom. 

Private sector support for the event was also provided by SM Marilao, Harman Foods Corporation, and Multi-rich Corporation.  Members of the academe from UPLB and Bulacan State University also volunteered for the event. Other volunteers included barangay councils and organizations in San Jose Del Monte and Obando, local Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army, and the MMO WQMA Quick Response Teams from its 7 LGU members which was formed as part of the Green Line Project of Globe, Blacksmith and MMO WQMA Board.