As the government’s plight for a cleaner and safer Manila Bay continues, around 20,000 runners will join a fun run led by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Sunday, April 28 to rally strengthened calls for actions over the bay’s rehabilitation.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año says the fun run, dubbed “DILG Takbo Para sa Kalikasan”, aims to advocate for rehabilitation of coastal areas and preservation of Philippine Clean Water and other natural resources.
“Through this activity, we hope that we will be able to gain the support and cooperation of all stakeholders for ‘The Modern Battle of Manila Bay’. Inumpisahan natin ang kampanyang ito kaya ipagpatuloy na natin hanggang sa tuloy-tuloy nang maging malinis at maganda ang Manila Bay,” says Año.
The fun run, which covers a 3-kilometer route along Roxas Boulevard, will commence at 4:00 am at the Burnham Green, Rizal Park in Manila.
With the big number of participants expected to attend, Año hopes the fun run will increase awareness among the public to elicit positive changes for the environment in their respective communities, highlighting consistency as a key in meeting the DILG’s goals for the drive.
“Inumpisahan natin ang ‘laban’ sa Manila Bay pero hindi dito nagtatapos ang ating laban para sa kalikasan. Umpisahan natin ang kampanya para pangalagaan ang kapaligiran sa ating sari-sariling komunidad,” he says.
Año, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Danny Lim, Atty. Joel Lina, and the presidents of the fun run partners Coca-Cola Philippines and Holcim Philippines are expected to grace the event.
The fun run was organized by the Office of DILG Assistant Secretary Marjorie N. Jalosjos. Other partners of the Department for the activity are the City Government of Manila, Philippine Commission on Women, and ThinkSports.ph.
Responding to the threats posed by the worsening condition of Manila Bay, DILG earlier called on local government units (LGUs) to participate in the Manila Bay rehabilitation program.
Since its launching in January, the said drive has brought together a total of 281,560 volunteers to help for with the clean-up drive directed by the DILG. These volunteers were able to collect over three million kilos of thrash from the bay and have covered about 5,700,000 meters of waterways and roads.
Apart from mandating LGUs to take part in the said clean-up, the DILG has also intensified its battle against establishments found discharging untreated wastewater in the bay and likewise ensuring proper sewage treatment and septage system in their respective areas of concern.