Even old residents of Metro Manila may not know of its existence, but the Tres Escalon Falls is probably the nearest waterfalls to the national capital – just a jut out of the ascent to the mountainous Antipolo City in Rizal Province.
Tres Escalon boasts of majestic rock formations that channel a series of cascading waterfalls in the quaint town of Dolores, Taytay. A downside to its proximity, however, is its susceptibility to urban degradation, primarily, the unregulated dumping of household and industrial waste.
Thus, the “Tres Escalon Falls Cleanup & Beautification Project” was launched on 07 March 2014 to breathe life back into the fragile water system. The kickoff event was attended by no less than Governor Rebecca A. Ynares herself of the Provincial Government of Rizal, and was supported of the Taytay Municipal and Barangay Dolores local governments; the Melendres Subdivision Homeowners’ Association as the host community; the local Philippine National Police of Taytay; the 301st Technical and Administrative, 3rd TAS Brigade, Service Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Reserve Command; the RECAT Communications Search and Rescue Inc.; the Casimiro Ynares High School; and the Mahatma Gandhi International School in Pasay City.
Together with the PSALM contingent, a total of one and half truckloads of garbage were collected from the site as a result of the kickoff activity, and more projects are being lined up to ensure sustainability of the initiative.
The project is fully backed by the Ynares Eco-System (YES) to Green Program of Gov. Ynares, as well as the Sagip Kalikasan Program of Barangay Dolores Captain Allan Martine S. de Leon.