We can set the Pasig River as the standard by which we measure our urbanity. So that when the Danish International Development Agency declared this once pristine body of water BIOLOGICALLY DEAD a long time ago, we can think just how much of our values — as Filipinos — have ran aground.
And then there’s the KBPIP and the PRRC. It took a new breed of cadre — or a generation later — before people could come up with the idea of resurrecting the river. What would it take to completely bring this waterway back to life? A cultural overhaul perhaps.
If, and when, they have finally succeeded in snapping Pasig River out of its wretchedness, believe me, it would be a mystery for the next civilization to investigate. Like the Pyramids of Giza.
We are all people of the Pasig — if you get my drift.