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Here’s What We Know So Far About The On-Going Pasig River Project

Pasig River Project update

As the Pasig River undergoes a transformative journey, thousands of families await a new chapter in their lives amidst urban development plans. This project promises landscape upgrades for many Pasig families – and even more for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s what we know so far about the ongoing Pasig River Project.

The Pasig River Project

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Image credit: Pasig River Coordinating and Management Office – PRCMO via Facebook

Also known as Pasig Bigyang Buhay Muli (PBBM), the Pasig River project was launched in the middle of January. According to First Lady Liza Marcos, this initiative aims to remodel the river banks into an industrial hub.

This project also seeks to address the housing needs of informal settler families (ISFs) along the Pasig River.

Urban development for ISFs

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Image credit: Robin Zebrowski via Flickr

With the project being underway, over 10,000 ISFs living on the river banks were asked to reside temporarily in container vans.

While unconventional, this approach ensures that the families have a safe and secure place to stay during the development of their permanent housing units. The National Housing Authority (NHA) is currently in the midst of processing and documenting the safe relocation of ISFs.

Quality of life and living conditions for the residents along Pasig River will have improved immensely in the long run.

Pasig River Esplanade

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Image credit: Paulo Alcazaren via Facebook

As of this month, the initial phase of the 25 km Pasig River Esplanade has been completed and opened to the public. With the newly added aesthetics, thousands of Filipinos came to see what the hype was about. Suffice it to say, the fountains and lights did not disappoint. Netizens are even comparing it to Venice, Italy due to its European vibe.

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Image credit: Paulo Alcazaren via Facebook

The open area extends from Jones Bridge all the way to the close end of the Manila Post Office. You can take long walks and if you need it, there are benches provided as you go along the way.

More features are expected to be added in the future such as jogging and biking lanes, and commercial establishments.

Housing Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar mentions that the ongoing PBBM and building of the housing units may take three years to fully finish.

A refreshingly new look for Pasig River

With a commitment to sustainable urban development, the Pasig River project aims to not only provide permanent housing but also to reshape an iconic attraction that’ll make Filipinos proud.

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Cover image adapted from: Paulo Alcazaren via Facebook