BAYWALK SHORE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR PUBLIC
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the shoreline between the Manila Yacht Club and the US Embassy will be closed to the general public for rehabilitation, a report by the Philippine News Agency said.
"We'll close that stretch hopefully in about one to two weeks," Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu told reporters at the sidelines of the Wood Summit in Mandaluyong City, adding that Signs, markers and other means of delineating the target area will be placed around the area to guide the public.
The shoreline’s cleanup is a priority of the DENR to prevent untreated effluent flowing out of three existing sewage outfalls from directly discharging into Manila Bay.
Two of the outfalls will be linked to the third outfall which will be subsequently connected to a treatment facility. The first target would be treating the effluent in the plant before flowing into the bay.
The promenade part, however, will remain open so that people can do leisurely activities including jogging, strolling, and watching sunset at the bay.
Over the weekend, Cimatu led the Manila Bay’s rehabilitation aimed at bringing the historic bay back to its former glory.
The DENR has set a goal of reducing the coliform level in all esteros to 100 most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters (mL).
But its data revealed the level of coliform bacteria in the target area's waters have exceeded the safe level.
Experts said coliform bacteria is found in human and animal feces. Water contaminated with coliform bacteria has the potential to cause disease.