The Adopt-an-Estero/Water Body Program

The Adopt-an-Estero/Water Body Program is a collaborative undertaking between and among the Estero Community, Donor-Partner, Local Government Unit/s and the DENR to achieve a cleaner, safer and healthier metropolitan environment.


  • Clean up the estero of wastes, debris and silt – starting October 2010 until all have been cleaned up during the next two years.
  • Mobilize the estero communities in cleaning the estero and enlist their active participation in actual clean up, and in and implementing and preparing plans to sustain a clean estero in the future years.
  • Institutionalize good sanitation and solid wastes management practices among the estero communities through education and actual participation in the Program.
  • Reduce incidence of water-related diseases and those associated with poor sanitation such as AGE, STH and dengue, particularly among children.
  • Ensure unimpeded water flow, particularly during rainy season and thereby prevent/reduce incidence of flooding and risks to lives and properties.
  • Reduce pollution loading to the rivers and to Manila Bay.
  • Institutionalize public-private-community partnership in environmental and sanitation improvement undertakings (among the national and local government offices, business, NGO’s and communities).


For more information about the Program, contact

The Water Quality Management Section - Environmental Quality Division
Air Quality Management Training Center
DENR Compound, Visayas Avenue, Diliman,Quezon City
Tel. Nos. 9202273, 9281214

Webpage: The Adopt an Estero/Water Body Program