DENR BATS INTENSIFIED MANILA BAY CLEANUP DRIVE
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will required all concerned entities to heighten efforts for the forthcoming cleanup drive of the Manila Bay which begins on January 27, a report by the Manila Bulletin said.
“All of these efforts for the cleanup are integrated. We plan to clean the Manila Bay including all the esteros (waterways) and rivers connected—the Pasig River and the Laguna Lake,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said.
Cimatu said all of the agency’s regional offices in Metro Manila and Calabarzon and its provincial offices in Bataan and Pampanga will be involved in the bay’s rehabilitation.
“We need to find out where the outfalls come from individually, because in just one estero we can find lots of outfalls. We have seen the problem closely this time, and we have already laid out a detailed solution,” he added.
The DENR has set a goal of reducing coliform level in all esteros to 100 most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters (mL).
Rehabilitation plan also entails the reforestation of mangrove areas in the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area as well as inspection of Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. Inc. since the two water firms serve commercial and residential establishments in the metropolis under the concession agreement.
Earlier, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it is considering the assessment of all reclamation projects in Manila Bay as part of its plan to restore its pristine state.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año had said the department will coordinate with other government agencies if such projects, which involve the reclamation of at least 26,230 hectares of Manila Bay, are compliant with existing laws.
“Bubusisiin muna natin yan. Titingnan muna natin kung iyan ay alinsunod sa batas (We will scrutinize them. We will check if they follow the laws),” Año said in an interview over dzMM.