Erap partners with Filinvest for new green park

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In yet another proof of his dedication to help in the rehabilitation of Pasig River and its tributaries, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has teamed up with a real estate company in turning a former slum area along Estero Dela Reina to a clean, well-manicured greenery park.

Estrada conveyed his gratitude to Filinvest Land, Inc. (FLI), saying such project has opened “a new chapter in environmental awareness, community spirit, and responsible stewardship of the city’s natural resources.”

“With the able and enthusiastic support of our friends from Filinvest Land, the once badly misused and abused Estero Dela Reina is reborn,” the Manila mayor said during the inauguration of the Estero Dela Reina Linear Park.

While the city government has been actively involved in cleaning up esteros and other waterways in Manila to prevent flooding, Estrada said the active participation of the private sector is invaluable.

“We are now in a position to turn these esteros into centers of community involvement,” he stressed, adding that the linear park initiative is consistent with his urban renewal program that aims to bring back Manila’s old glory and beauty.

Located in Binondo, the polluted Estero Dela Reina was once home to hundreds of informal settler families (ISFs). The 0.61-kilometer estuary is one of the major tributaries of Pasig River.

The site now features a 198.88-square meter park with a manicured greenery and paved pathway along the estero’s banks. It extends from the Moriones Bridge to P. Herrera Street and uses solar-powered street lights.