Back when I was a child the Pasig River was never polluted and after several presidents from Cory Aquino, Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Arroyo and now Noynoy Aquino, and several programs and task force created nothing has changed.A lot of government money has been poured into reviving Pasig River and even the private sector has tried to help but failed and I think it would take a lot of political will from the president for it to succeed. As this river transverse many cities and municipalities, local government can’t do it as most of these politicians would not want to lose the votes of those living besides the river which has been pinpointed by studies as the main source of pollution.
I am not a lawyer so I have no background on how the 1987 Constitution came about with having the term of office of the President to be 6 years with no option to run again for the same position. Though from my vantage point it should have insulated the presidency from being beholden to any party and thus be able to work with no fear or favor. Alas, sadly this has not been the case and so we are left with problems such as this unresolved until now.
Though as citizens of this country we should not lose hope, and we should not leave it to the government. We should also do our part.
Photo taken near Rockwell Center using a Canon 600D with a 18-135mm EF-S lens.