Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP) is the river-rehabilitation project of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc., launched on February 24, 2009. We aim to rehabilitate Metro Manila's waterways by focusing on the esteros (creek) first, after which we will be concentrating all efforts on the Pasig River, Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay.
We envision that by Year 2016, the Pasig River will be freed from solid wastes, reach an official classification of Class C for the Pasig River its tributaries based on DENR DAO 34, regain its natural ecosystem, respected, enjoyed, and utilized as a source of transportation by Filipinos.
A key aspect in our rehabilitation effort is the "kapit-bisig" or coming together of different sectors-the youth, corporations, armed forces, nonprofit organizations, people's organizations and local government units and agencies-to once more give a chance to revive the historic Pasig River. With the help of our partners and donors, we adapted the following strategies in rehabilitating an estero, our model of which is Estero de Paco.
- Relocation of informal settler families that reside on the three-meter easement of the estero.
- Development and remediation techniques on the estero to significantly reduce waste effluents and establish a green hub for the residents to utilize and enjoy.
- Reinforcement of R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act in the barangays surrounding the estero through onground information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns.
- Training of community volunteers we call "River Warriors," that guard the estero 24/7.
- Rehabilitation of the Paco Market which used to be a major contributor of waste in the estero.
- Organizing an annual Run for the Pasig River as a fundraising and awareness campaign.
- Monitoring of the water quality improvements by the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.
- In March, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between ABS-CBN Foundation and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources giving co-management in rehabilitating the waterways of Metro Manila.
- Launch in February 24 of ABS-CBN Foundation's river rehabilitation project, Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig, held at Makati.
- Relocation of the first ten informal settler families in the Apacible area in Estero de Paco to the relocation site in Bayanijuan in Calauan, Laguna in July.
- In April, inauguration of Materials Recovery Facilities in Mandaluyong, Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Sta. Mesa, and Punta, Sta. Ana to implement community-based solid waste management.
- The Philippine International Marathon: A Run for the Pasig River was first organized in November by ABS-CBN Foundation with 23,000 runners.
- Initial dredging of the riverbed and riprapping of the three-meter easement in the Osme�a area in Estero de Paco during the last quarter of 2009.
- In February, groundbreaking of the Paco Market to mark the beginning of its rehabilitation.
- Training of the first batch of River Warriors, community volunteers from Estero de Paco, in March.
- In April, a boat ride with partners and donors was staged along the stretch of Estero de Paco to show the accomplishments and ongoing works being done.
- Installation of the first set of coco coir and phytoremediation plants such as vetiver grass along Estero de Paco to stabilize its slopes and provide aesthetically pleasing green zones along the estero.
- Launch of Materials Recovery Facilities in Brgy. San Antonio, Quezon City and Baseco.
- Organized the "10.10.10 Run for the Pasig River" in October, which had 116,086 runners that broke the Guinness World Record for the "most participants in a racing event," unequivocally showing that Filipinos want the Pasig River cleaned.
- In March, the first active island reactors were put up, which gives oxygen back to the waters of Estero de Paco.
- "Project Disiplinis" was launched in April, which educated the Paco community on solid household-based waste management.
- Inauguration of the Paco Market dry section in April, attended by President Noynoy Aquino.
- Launch of Manila Water's anaerobic baffled reactor, a smaller version of a sewerage treatment plant, which catches the household wastes of the structures along the headwater of Estero de Paco.
- Completion of Maynilad's pipelaying and interceptor box sewer, which captures the household wastes along the whole stretch of Estero de Paco and directs it to its sewerage treatment plant.
- Initial relocation of families in Estero de Uli-Uli, Estero de Aviles and Estero de San Miguel to the relocation site in Gaya-Gaya, Bulacan.
- Organized "11.20.2011 Run for the Pasig River" in November with 86,547 runners, the largest run in the Philippines for the year.
- Rehabilitation and clean ups of esteros behind the Malaca�ang Palace-Estero de San Miguel, Estero de Aviles, Estero de Uli-Uli, Estero de Quiapo, Estero de San Sebastian.
- Training of new set of River Warriors from our target esteros for the year.
- Paco Market served as a venue for National Commission for Culture and the Arts' month-long Arts Festival in February.
- The City of Manila and ABS-CBN Foundation signed a MOA in April to manage and operate the Paco Market for 10 years.
- Relocation of families from Estero de Pandacan, Estero de Concordia, Estero de San Miguel, Estero de Uli-Uli and Estero de Aviles.
- Heads of national agencies, local government units, and non-profit organizations signed a historic declaration to take action in the rehabilitation of the Pasig River, in the Pasig River Forum organized by the ADB and PRRC.