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Save the Marikina Watershed – April 22, 2012

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A Fun run who’s objective is to be able to save the Marikina watershed from further degradation and save the Metropolis from another Ondoy happening in Marikina Sports Center on April 22, 2012! Check it out

Save the Marikina Watershed (Del Run)
April 22, 2012
Marikina City
5K/10K/21K
Organizer: Rotary Club of Marikina Zone/ Marikina City Govt.

Registration Fees:
5K and 10k – P400.00
21k – P500.00

If payment check payable to Rotary Club of Marikina Dist. 1800

Registration Venues:
Marikina Sports Center, SM Marikina,Marikina City Hall, Marikina Rotary Club, Graceland Marikina

Save the Marikina Watershed (Del Run) – Singlet Design:

Del-Singlet-Green-Revised-March-2012

Rationale:
The Marikina Watershed is now on its sorry state. But its not too late to save it from further degradation.

President Benigno Aquino III, declared September 26 as “Save Sierra Madre Day” the anniversary of Typhoon Ondoy which brought heavy rains resulting flooding in major cities in Metro Manila and took the lives of many of our countrymen. Most of the flooding can be attributed to the continuous deforestation of the Sierra Madre mountains.

Two years after Tropical Storm “Ondoy”, the victims of its most devastating wrath, remained inundated with promises and that never again would they ever be placed at such horrific risk.

Marikina cannot do it alone. It should be a concerted effort of all stakeholders to restore the green forest of Sierra Madre. Sec. Ramon Paje promised to plant 5 million seedlings over 10,000 hectares up to 2016, the end of President Benigno Aquino III’s term.

In a “Statement of Commitment” he signed with other stakeholders, the agency will plant five million trees to rehabilitate the Marikina watershed to enhance its water-holding capacity to reduce siltation and flash flooding.

The watershed was also seen as a potential source of water supply for Metro Manila, and plays a vital role in regulating flooding in the low-lying areas of Rizal and the Metropolis.

Among the endangered wildlife species found in the Marikina watershed include forest trees like narra, red and white lauan, bagtikan, kamagong, and molave.
Another Ondoy Feared

Congressman Miro Quimbo said that to make the watershed effective in preventing floods, at least 25 million trees had to be replanted. He said that almost 80 percent of the 28,000-hectare watershed had been denuded. He also added that it would take at least 10 years to replant the area.

With global warming taking its toll, we continue to worry that more rains will be forthcoming in the next two years, and we cannot wait that long. We fear another Ondoy happening unless immediate and comprehensive flood mitigation programs are implemented along the river.”

Quimbo also explored the possibility of putting up a dam in the town of Rodriguez (formerly Montalban) as the quickest solution.

Owing to the siltation of the Marikina River, further aggravated by upstream Ondoy two years ago, the river’s containment capacity is down by 60 percent from eight years years ago.

Water Impounding
Quimbo also stressed out that a dam located upriver would contain the rain water for a few hours instead of immediately bringing it down to the Marikina River system.

The dam can also be a source of energy which the country needs in the next three years. Based on the reports of the Department of Energy (DOE), the country will have critical levels of power by 2014.

Other intermediate steps that need to be immediately funded are water impounding areas in Antipolo City, slope and embankment protection along the Marikina River. He called for a more comprehensive plan to address flooding in Marikina that will also involve its surrounding cities and municipalities, especially Antipolo, Pasig, San Mateo and Rodriguez. Ninety percent of the floodwater that Marikina catches comes from Antipolo and Rodriguez.

“Whatever due diligence Mariqueños do in terms of waste segregation, cleanup and rehabilatation of our drainage and creek system, if our neighbors do not cooperate, we will continue to suffer,”

“Water rises so fast and with less rain than it used to. Now, heavy rains that last two hours already swell the river. It used to take at least six to seven hours of continuous rain for that to happen,” he said.

First Line of Defense
Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman vowed to make the watershed reforestation his priority. “It is called Marikina watershed because it is ours. And the responsibilities to take care of it and protect it lie with us,” De Guzman stressed.

“This is our first line of defense. When this is gone, all the floodwater will go toward Marikina,”

A Marathon to Save Marikina Watershed
Marikina Marathon (Del Run) aims to stimulate awareness and intensify campaign on “Saving the Marikina Watershed”. Dubbed DEL RUN, the event will cover 5, 10, 21 kilometers of roads within the city. For every registration 10 trees will be planted. The proceeds of the project will be used for a more massive tree planting at the watershed.

Del Run is an opportunity for people who care for a green environment to converge to have fun and to support a noble cause. Ondoy’s stigma lingers, but something can be done to prevent it from happening again. The time is now.

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129 comments on “Save the Marikina Watershed – April 22, 2012

  1. @melmel: marami kasing unggas sa pinas kaya maraming tatakbo dito. P500 ang reg fee tapos sa race route dadaan sa barangay tumana (squatters area)? what a waste of time and money!

    • Kahit sa mismong ilog pa ng tumana daraan ang fun run na ito sasali pa rin kaming mga taga ilocos dahil ayaw na naming mangyari sa mga taga marikina ang nangyari sa kanila noong kasagsagan ni ondoy……

    • kahit sa loob ng mga bahay-bahay ng mga squatter sa tumana dadaan ang patakbong ito sasali pa rin kaming mga taga pampanga dahil nasaksihan namin ang pahihirap ng mga taga marikina noong bagyong undoy, ayaw na namin mangyari iyon sa kanila….

  2. This “Del Run” put up a booth at the Earth Run last Sunday. They even came in a van that had a big sign that says, “Del Delivers”. I was having second thoughts about not joining the event because I live near the Marikina Sports Center. But the actual singlet with the “Del Run” was really quite vulgar. Yes, definitely will NOT join this run.

  3. Kahit sa mismong ilog pa ng tumana daraan ang fun run na ito sasali pa rin kaming mga taga ilocos dahil ayaw na naming mangyari sa mga taga marikina ang nangyari sa kanila noong kasagsagan ni ondoy……

  4. For all:

    Fun Run is for us to enjoy and experience it in a good way to live a healthy life… not for political propaganda’s or telling others that you can do such things -but for your own sake(well thats the way the others look at it)… we all know what happen to last September 27, 2009, so why not help just because you really need to help not helping that you need something in return… come on!

    Lets Run for a good cause dude’

    Enjoy Running=)

  5. madamling sabihing run for a cause pero kung ang title at picture ng run ay politiko kalokohan na ito. di naman natin kailangang maging matalino para malamang advance campaign ni mayor del ito eh. common sense lang bisto na!

  6. I agree with Aries #86.

    All of us feel bad for what happened to Marikina as well as other areas near the area. However, this run clearly has political intentions. Even some runners from Marikina are saying they are not going to support this especially because they know how Marikina is being run now with the incumbent mayor.

    There are other ways to help. Let us not let people use our passion for running for their own political ambitions. They are not even caring about comments from runners. They are just going to use us. If they are listening, if they really care, and if they respect our passion, they would have made changes already. But NO, they continue being blind and deaf – typical politics!

  7. Tanong sa akin ng pamangkin ko when he saw the poster design of this event :

    “Tito, siya ba champion sa marathon?

    Why dont we runners insist the mayor to run and no speeches before and after the run.

  8. Can someone send this thread directly to the mayor?

    I’m from Marikina. Kakahiya naman ‘tong style ni Mayor.

    Nevertheless, the race route is great. You dont have to worry about Tumana area. Mahihirap man sila pero maayos mga tao dun. A lot are running and biking the area.

  9. hihihihihihihihi, ang daming galit ke DEL. Mayor speach naman dyan….. kung me medal dyan siguro mukha ni Mayor naka lagay… gusto nyo ba yun…

  10. Mayor pa medal ka naman sa mga 21km runners lahat dapat me medal.. oks ba yun… sa mga 5km at 10km runners kahit top 50 runners bigyan mo ng medal..

  11. tama ka sa sunday na ang eleksyon sa kasamaang palad marami pa rin mga unggas ang sasali dito. run for a cause daw para di maulit ang ondoy. really?

  12. nakakatuwa ka bro ryan anthony chuva, sa bagay kanya kanyang opinion yan… SIGE ILABAS MO LANG walang masama dyan… pero runner tayo kaya sayang rin practice rin ito bro kaya ungas rin ako na katulad ng sabi mo…hihihihihihihihi.. pero oks lang yun bro peace tayo…

  13. Good luck sa mga tatakbo dito sa Sunday. Di ako tatakbo dito kahit sobrang lapit ko lang. Pero we should support our fellow runners for an injury- free run. =)

  14. open registration 4 am to 4 40 am.
    all compitation runners 4 am close entry.
    gun start 21km 5 am. 10km 5 30. am 5km 5 40 am.

  15. tumakbo kami ng 21k sa earthrun last sunday @ 350 pesos-kumpleto D-tag,dri fit shirt,hydartion,bananas, lahat-lahat.. bakit d2 500 bayad wala yata d tag….may water stations kaya at least bukas…o bibili ka nalang ng samalamig sa tabi-tabi

  16. tumakbo kami ng 21k sa earthrun last sunday @ 350 pesos-kumpleto D-tag,dri fit shirt,hydartion,bananas, lahat-lahat.. bakit d2 500 bayad wala yata d tag….may water stations kaya at least bukas…o bibili ka nalang ng samalamig sa tabi-tabi

  17. tumakbo kami ng 21k sa earthrun last sunday @ 350 pesos-kumpleto D-tag,dri fit shirt,hydartion,bananas, lahat-lahat.. bakit d2 500 bayad wala yata d tag….may water stations kaya at least bukas…o bibili ka nalang ng samalamig sa tabi-tabi

  18. ok bukas na to!!! Oo! Pupunta ko dito! tutal 20km bike ride lang to mula samin.

    Hindi para sumali para makita kung ilan ang mga adik na sumali at makita na mapahiya ang mag politiko sa turn-out ng event nila. Malamang meron pa din kahit papano, yung mga hatak nila mismo andito. Kita kita sa sportcenter!

  19. nagdadalawang isip tuloy ako kung tatakbo ako dito. kamote kasi tong si mayor del. panira ng run.

  20. malala na talaga sa pinas ang politika.di na talaga sila naka-katulong sa tao.palamuti na lang na sila ay naging mayor.alam nila kasi na marami nahi-hilig sa fun run.kaya dito naman sila nag-post ng name nila,tsaka mukha.

  21. nice route at maganda si Daisy reyes yun lang! sige na nga ang 21k 16k hahaha sino ba ng track read nito hindi yta marunong bumilang haaaay Mayor.,. basta ako maganda si Daisy:)

  22. mabuti na lang. mabuti na lang talaga hindi ako nagising ng maaga para mag on-site registration dito. nakaligtas 500 ko sa kamote run na to. magtatanim na lang ako ng puno sa paligid namin.

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