By Marjorie Gorospe
MARILAO, BULACAN – Actor Piolo Pascual has lent star power to help efforts to rehabilitate one of the world’s most polluted rivers.
The 55 kilometer Marilao River, which traverses the cities of Caloocan, Valenzuela, Malabon and towns of Bulacan, is also known as part of the Meycauayan-Marilao-Obando river system. In 2007, this river system was listed as one of the 30 most polluted areas in the world, according to New York-based environmental watchdog Blacksmith Institute.
To help the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to restore the river, the UST Batch 88 Alumni Association helped initiate the Greenmiles Run to further raise funds and advocate saving the environment and climate change challenges.
Though not as high-profile compared to other runs held last Sunday, avid runner Amado Castro Jr. found it very worthwhile, commending the race route, which passed by Roxas Boulevard in Manila.
Piolo Pascual became the face of the event as an advocate of a green lifestyle and to also raise funds for his Hebreo 12:1 Foundation Inc.
The joint project of DENR and UST HS Batch 88 Alumni Association Inc was backed by Smart Philippines and Binalot Fiesta Foods. Binalot is known for adopting the green lifestyle, using banana leaves instead of plastic materials for their food products.
(Photo taken from www.bulacan.gov.ph)
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