Philippine Project to Use Blockchain to Clean Up Dirty River

Philippine Project to Use Blockchain to Clean Up Dirty River

The Philippines’ Pasig River Rehabilitation Council (PRRC) is collaborating with a group of local and South African environmentalists and entrepreneurs to use blockchain to save the 27-kilometer long Pasig River running through capital Manila. The idea is to eventually apply the know-how gained to clean the world’s rivers and seas.

In an interview with Cryptovest, CypherOdin and BOTcoin CEO Mariano Jose Diaz Villafuerte IV said the partners selected Pasig River as their first proof-of-concept (PoC) because it is one of the most heavily polluted rivers in the Philippines.

“We first came up with the idea of showcasing how blockchain technology can solve real-world problems and clean up the environment,” Villafuerte said.

Pasig River. Image: British Council
Pasig River. Image: British Council


The company plans to install Internet of Things (IoT) devices on the river and underwater (IOUT) to monitor water quality, tide levels, and other relevant data points to track their progress in real time. The information collected will help create solutions to the plastic and garbage problem plaguing the river.

For even more utility, CypherOdin will be using drones to map the plastic on a microscopic level.

“We will collect all the data we gather from these IoT and process them so we will have comprehensive information on where the plastics and garbage are coming from, how they are moving, among others. This would allow us to analyze and come up with recommendations on how to best clean up the rivers of this debris,” Villafuerte explained.


Pasig River. Image:
Pasig River. Image:

As part of its holistic approach, the group plans on launching a massive information campaign, specifically targeting communities along the riverbanks and near the river. People will be reminded about the importance of proper garbage disposal and environmental protection.

The communities will be incentivized with BOTcoin cryptocurrency for a certain amount of garbage collected on the river and for not throwing plastics in it.

“This would encourage the community also to respect the river because they will be earning something from it,” Villafuerte added.


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Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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