MANILA CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) collected about 30 truckloads of trash on the first day of its desilting works in the Manila Bay, a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer said.
The DPWH hauled piles of trash along the bay from the seawall up to 50 meters off the sea on Tuesday, and the scope will expand to 150 meters in the coming days, according to DPWH Bureau of Equipment Director Engineer Toribio Noel.
Desilting works include the use of a fleet of equipment composed of amphibious excavators, dump scows, dump trucks, debris segregator, and various groups of street sweepers and vacuum sewer jet cleaners.
In a report by ABS-CBN, the agency said it is expecting to collect 50 to 100 trucks of garbage a day during its dredging at desilting operations which covers at least 22 hectares of Manila Bay.
Although Ilao recognized the challenges in rehabilitating the bay because of the huge amount of trash that had to be removed, he said the clean-up drive would help alleviate the garbage problem in the bay before the rainy season begins.
“Medyo challenging po yung trabaho na ito, itong programa na ito para sa mga kagawaran (The task is somewhat challenging. This program is not an easy feat for the agency),” he said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990 AM.
The DPWH aims to finish the disilting works within 90 to 120 days.